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· September, 2018

Stories about Technology from September, 2018

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

A Russian NGO tracking police brutality developed a chatbot on the popular Telegram messenger that allows people detained at rallies report their arrests and request legal assistance.

Netizen Report: Authorities shut down mobile internet in Ethiopia’s capital, as ethnic and political conflict persist

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Nigerian Twitter has an impersonation problem — and the platform is failing to take action

The inaction of Twitter and the Nigerian government are worrisome particularly with Nigeria’s general elections coming up in 2019.

Netizen Report: Internet taxes are sweeping sub-Saharan Africa — and silencing citizens

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Indigenous telecommunications network in Mexico to provide telephone and internet services via satellite

The first indigenous telecommunications network to provide mobile and Internet services in Mexico's rural communities will expand its services via satélite technology, enabling it to reach the most remote areas.

Japan’s vending machines strike again—this time with pizza and crepes

There is one vending machine for every 23 people in Japan and they still never fail to surprise.

As online spaces for sexual harassment proliferate, Hong Kong authorities struggle to keep up

"There is currently no law specifically to tackle upskirting, and from what we read from media reports about the crime, the punishment tends to be light"

Under Austria's right-wing government, ‘ethical’ principles for journalists could hijack media rights

If the current draft is adopted as it stands, it will provide for an extra layer of strict control that aims to silence the critique and dissent.

Nauta Hogar: A tool for Cuban entrepreneurs

The Nauta Hogar Internet program is a step forward, but it is still not the solution for Cuban businesses in the technology sector.

South Asian governments keep ordering internet shutdowns — and leaving users in the dark

“Operators owe complete transparency to their users, as consumers who are paying them money and also in the interest of accountability.”

After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte

"...they are now spreading their hate freely on the site without any moderation."

Netizen Report: What role does Facebook play in Libya’s civil war?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.

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