15 May 2013

Stories from 15 May 2013

Group to UN: Probe South Korean Election

  15 May 2013

South Korean civil rights group Fight For Voters’ Rights (FFVR) filed a petition to the United Nations requesting them to investigate suspected election fraud. A series of investigations into South Korean spy agency's illegal involvement in the latest presidential election are still underway in the country. 

Brunei: ‘Slow Internet is Almost Like Censorship’

  15 May 2013

Brunei internet users are complaining against the slow and unreliable internet connection in their country. Brunei has one of the most expensive internet rates in Southeast Asia but many Brunei netizens feel they are getting poor internet service for the high fees they are paying.

Saudi Mobile Company Seeks Privacy Advocate's Help to Spy on Clients

Saudi Arabia's second largest telecommunication company, Mobily, has reached for a privacy advocate's help to surveil encrypted communication applications. The advocate went public with the request, publishing email exchanges online, and causing an outcry on social media, where Saudi netizens calls for laws to protect people's privacy and punish those spying on the people.

Chinese Officials Attempt to Stem Protests

  15 May 2013

After Kunming's Anti-PX protest on May 4, 2013, local government has tried to stop further protests by sending text messages, “visiting” protest organizers, and censoring information online. East by Southeast has more details.

Over 3,000 Participate in Data Journalism MOOC

  15 May 2013

More than 3,000 students are participating in the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas‘ second Massive Open Course (MOOC) in Spanish: “Introduction to Data Journalism.” The course began on May 13, but registration is still open.

Uprooted by Brazilian Power Plant, River Residents Try to Rebuild

  15 May 2013

Due to flooding caused by the Jirau power plant under construction in the Brazilian Amazon, river dwellers were removed to a village specially built to house displaced victims. Unable to adapt to that new style of life, they moved closer to the river. They worry about what will happen with the community once construction is finished and the jobs are gone.

Media's Too Simple View of Japan LGBT

  15 May 2013

Blogger and activist Masaki C. has something to say about English media coverage of LGBT politics in Japan, arguing that they simplify the issue down to marriage equality: They are, in constructing LGBT politics in Japan as such, erasing local history and ignoring dialogues taking place among queers in Japan.

Online Journalism In Nepal To Be Regulated

  15 May 2013

Online journalism and news portals are gaining popularity in Nepal as evident in Surath Giri's list of 20 online newspapers. However, according to reports, the Ministry of Information and Communications of Nepal has recently formed a five-member committee to register, regulate and manage online news.

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