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15 June 2016

Helping Refugees in Europe Get Connected to the Internet

Rising Voices

"Connecting with family is a top priority for newly arrived refugees who want their loved ones to know they are safe."

14 June 2016

Singapore Plans to Pull the Plug on Internet Access for Public Servants

Global Voices Advocacy

"Computer security is important in the modern workplace, but it should not be an excuse to revert to dumb or blind practice."

‘HiviSasa’, a Kenyan Citizen Media Project for Mobile Web

Rising Voices

"Accessible, diverse, transparent information empowers both governments and citizens. Better informed citizens make better decisions about their lives and their government."

10 June 2016

Tanzanian Man Could Face Three Years’ Jailtime for “Insulting” the President on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

The case falls against a backdrop of Tanzania's Cybercrime Law, passed in 2015, which critics say gives too much power -- without meaningful oversight -- to police.

8 June 2016

In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

The internet access speed in Venezuela has been called "the slowest line in Latin America."

Immersive VR Documentary on Ukrainian Chernobyl Fully Funded on Kickstarter

RuNet Echo

A virtual reality documentary about the Ukrainian Chernobyl exclusion zone using 360-degree video technology has been fully funded on Kickstarter.

Bangladesh's ‘Eco-Cooler’ Beats the Heat Without Electricity

A new social venture has come up with a simple idea to provide a cheap solution to the problem of overheating in the summer in areas without electricity.

7 June 2016

A Glimpse Into the First African Bloggers and Vloggers’ Festival in Dakar, Senegal

For two days, 36 of the best bloggers and vloggers in Africa, along with selected players on the African digital scene, presented their talents and know-how.

2 June 2016

Is Social Media Helping to Perpetuate Violence in Afghanistan?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Those who share the bloody pictures of victims not only irritate [victims'] families but also unintentionally assist the Taliban in their propaganda."

1 June 2016

China Mandates State-Private Management Model to Censor the Internet

China recently introduced a new policy intended to regulate live-streaming platforms. According to business magazine Caixin's report, authorities will soon require popular video streaming platforms to sell between 1 and 10 percent...

27 May 2016

Russian Officials Make Plans for an Autonomous, State-Controlled Internet

RuNet Echo

Although the bill is in its early stages, should it become law, all of the RuNet's critical infrastructure would fall under complete control of the Russian state.

23 May 2016

Ghanaian Minister Vows Not to Ban Whatsapp, Skype and Viber Calls

Global Voices Advocacy

"Methinks the telcos need to smell the coffee because the traditional 'voice game' is over, and with it, the monopoly profits they used to make."

Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.

20 May 2016

Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet

Rising Voices

"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."

19 May 2016

Mexico Launches National Transparency Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Mexico has a new tool to combat the opacity of public servants and of those who govern. But its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

17 May 2016

Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout

Global Voices Advocacy

The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.

‘Biko Zulu’, ‘They Call Me Daktari’ and ‘Mummy Tales’ Among the Winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards

The winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 were announced at a gala event that took place on May 14 in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

Global Voices Advocacy

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

14 May 2016

A Hub for African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

What if after an annihilation of humans by a lethal virus brought by aliens, the only survivors were the beautiful and strong Maasai people?

11 May 2016

Social Media Blocked in Uganda Ahead of President Museveni's Inauguration

Global Voices Advocacy

"Darkness hovering over Uganda...VPN is the only way to go now"

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