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· February, 2019

Stories about Technology from February, 2019

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

Both pro-Kremlin experts and their opponents see the USCYBERCOM's attack on the "troll factory" as ammunition for isolationist policies.

Is your favorite movie promoting toxic masculinity? Mango Meter can tell you

"We have every right to enjoy entertainment that does not demean us, and we certainly have a right to voice our views and opinions."

‘Space is about dreaming’ — an interview with International Space University president

"We hope that space will not become a space of confrontation (...) Space makes children dream and all of humanity as well."

As Putin preaches ‘sovereignty’ and tech modernization, experts lament loss of online freedoms

As Vladimir Putin promises Russians a faster, more reliable internet, two reports by independent expert groups paint an unrelentingly bleak picture of more crackdowns on online freedom of speech.

Bangladeshi government targets world's largest Bengali blogging platform in porn censorship spree

The incidents of moral policing and the extension of the ban to a Bangla blogging platform and Google Books suggest that the authority's definition of “objectionable” may go far beyond.

Netizen Report: Both Bangladesh and South Korea are waging a ‘war on porn’ — and paving the way for political censorship

South Korea and Bangladesh are blocking porn and "obscene" content, Venezuela is blocking YouTube, and Uzbekistan has finally stopped blocking Facebook and VK.

DigiGlot Newsletter: App links refugees with volunteer translators

The DigiGlot Newsletter is a bi-weekly collaborative newsletter that reports on how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology to change the internet landscape.

EU proposal pushes tech companies to tackle ‘terrorist content’ with AI, despite implications for war crimes evidence

AI tools can assess whether a video is violent or graphic. But can they determine the video’s intended purpose?

Censored on WeChat: As tensions in China-US trade conflict rose, so did WeChat censorship

The second installment in our series looks at the most censored topic in the 2018 WeChatscope dataset: the China-US trade war.

Russian public sector workers ordered to ‘like’ social media posts promoting the 2019 Winter Universiade

This is not the first instance of Russian public officials acting as "human bots" to promote the government's agenda online.

Netizen Report: Will India’s regional internet shutdowns ever end?

Internet shutdowns continue apace in India, Venezuela's opposition websites are under pressure and Uganda's social media tax is driving down internet use.

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.

Censored on WeChat: A year of content removals on China's most powerful social media platform

Our team tracked censored posts from more than 4,000 public accounts covering daily news on WeChat. Here is what we found.

Netizen Report: Philippine news outlet faces ‘cyber libel’ charges

Philippines DOJ takes another swing at Rappler news site, Facebook tackles disinformation in Indonesia and Russia moves to outlaw fake news.

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