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Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

Chinese mobile phone cameras are not-so-secretly recording users’ activities

This design feature has given Chinese mobile users a tangible sense of exactly when and how they are being monitored.

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.

#NoToSocialMediaTax: Join Global Voices for a July 9 tweetathon against Uganda's social media tax

Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.

Lebanese journalist sentenced to prison in absentia, for ‘defaming’ foreign minister on Facebook

From exile in the UK, Fidaa Itani says the sentence marks the end of an era for free expression in Lebanon.

Netizen Report: As Erdogan’s reign continues, journalists remain under attack — are translators next in line?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

With Elections Approaching, Pakistani Journalists and Activists Face Rising Risk of Assault, Abduction

This election will mark the second time a democratic transition of power will occur in the country's history.

Freedom segregated: China to set up open internet zone on tourist island

"If visiting Twitter, Facebook is appropriate and harmless, why [are they] only granting foreigners access but not Chinese?"