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· March, 2019

Stories about Technology from March, 2019

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

India's elections are right around the corner — and the fake news problem is not going away

Experts have found that many of India's most insidious disinformation campaigns arise from political parties themselves.

Netizen Report: Activists in Pakistan and Malaysia confront online backlash after International Women’s Day events

This week, the EU parliament approved its Copyright Directive, Pakistan blocked mobile services (during a military parade) and Bangladesh blocked Al Jazeera English.

With elections just days away, Ukraine faces disinformation, cyber attacks and further Russian interference

Ukraine may be home to “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda.” How will this affect the presidential election?

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

Netizen Report: EU activists make a final push to keep the internet filter-free

The EU makes a final decision on copyright rules, Iraq considers a new cybercrime law, and internet activists in Kazakhstan, Egypt and Venezuela face legal threats.

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

Activists speak out against Iraq's cybercrime bill

The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.

As India grapples with climate change, youth groups and startups scout for greener solutions

Vishal from Global Voices spoke to Indian farmers, experts, youth-led groups and social entrepreneurs who are innovating ways to tackle climate change.

Censored on WeChat: the disappearance of Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC China Energy

With Ye's disappearance, the details of quiet agreements between his multi-billion dollar company and the Chinese government began to unravel.

One year without internet in Chad: Citizens have been offline since March 2018

It appears that the government is attempting to muzzle citizens' freedom of expression and to prevent the free circulation of information.

Blackout in Venezuela: How long will it last?

For nearly a day's time, most of Venezuela has been without electricity.

Netizen Report: Activists reject EU plans to pre-censor copyright violations, ‘terrorist’ content

A weekly dose of news about challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world.

Censored on WeChat: Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing's tax evasion scandal — and her disappearance

The news of Fan's tax evasion penalty and her apology made the actress a top target for censorship on social media.

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, thousands protest proposed EU regulation on internet upload filters

Protesters rallied against the proposed "upload filters" in EU Copyright Directive, as part of a movement spanning the continent.

Russian rocket Soyuz launches the first OneWeb satellites, tethered to the ground by restrictive legislation

Russians' hopes for censorship-free online access crashed and burned after the authorities imposed strict regulations and full government control of the pioneering satellite Internet program.

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s leading digital activists await their release from prison, after years behind bars

Alaa and Shawkan are still waiting to get out, Algeria's internet is faltering, and Nepal has a new IT bill.

Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’

The censorship of ZTE and Huawei has strong association with the censorship of "China-U.S trade war".

As patriotic propaganda video praising Huawei goes viral, netizens mock the company's political connections

"The lyrics is so straightforward with no rhetorical consideration -- Huawei is good, Huawei is beautiful --, this is a kind of aestheticism with Chinese characteristics."

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