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9 December 2014

Stories from 9 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

RuNet EchoAdvox

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

GV Face: Four Years After the Uprising, Where is Yemen Going?

GV Face

Yemen's popular uprising in 2011 helped oust President Saleh after 33 years in power. How much have things really changed for the country's 25 million people?

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015: Countdown to the Philippines!

Over 60 countries will be represented at the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015. Join us in Cebu City, Philippines on January 24-25!

Drones Flying Over Nuclear Power Stations in France Raise Concerns

Internet users in France are worried that a series of drone sightings above French nuclear power sites suggests an unacknowledged national security vulnerability.

The Fall of the Georgian Currency in Photoshopped Images: From 50 Cent to ‘Saving Private Lari’

Georgia's national currency, the lari, has been weakened by "internal and external factors" according to the country's central bank, leaving it languishing as the butt of online jokes.

Why Going Viral Was a Source of Fear for One Hong Kong Citizen Journalist

Advox

Hung Lai Fong published an article under her real name about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, and when it became widely read, she began to fear retaliation from China.

Jaywalking Just Got Even Riskier in Bangladesh

People in Bangladesh often cross busy roads by stepping into traffic, rather than using the crosswalks built for pedestrians. This behavior is both a public safety and a traffic hazard.

Russian Prosecutors Say Man's Reaction to Ethnic Riot Was Hate Speech

RuNet EchoAdvox

Konstantin Sankov stands accused of "calling for hostile acts against a group defined in terms of national identity." If convicted, he could go to prison for 5 years.

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