Stories about Technology from December, 2018
Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig
From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.
Venezuelans shudder at news of biometric ID deal with Chinese tech giant
The Reuters report that revealed the role of Chinese company ZTE in Venezuela shook the networks but surprised just a few.
Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach
Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.
PHOTOS: Drone delivers vaccines to a remote island in Vanuatu
Vanuatu, a Pacific archipelago nation of 83 islands spread along 12,189 square kilometers, became the first country in the world to use drones for transporting vaccines to its remote communities.
The case for the mate emoji and why it's important for South America
This South American drink beloved by millions is very close to making its way into the emoji lexicon.
What do Chinese internet users think of Google's ‘Dragonfly’ project?
Internet users remain divided over whether or not Google's supposed return to China is a good thing -- or not.
Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’
The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.
For the first time, a digital security app is available in Aymara thanks to Bolivian language activists
"For us, language is our identity. If we lose our language, we lose our traditions, our culture, our stories, our ancestral knowledge -- we lose everything."
New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices
These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.
Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?
Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.
Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats
In a TV interview, a former Macedonian government official revealed that the former party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".