September, 2009

Stories from September, 2009

Egypt: Bargaining Bloggers to stop opposing the Government

“You will be behind the sun” was the expression used by the Dean Abdul Hadi, General Inspector of State Security at Fayoum (Egyptian Province), while he was interrogating the Egyptian...

China: Be aware of QQ!

The Chinese IT company Tencent, operator of the popular QQIM service, will start an international version of QQIM application soon. Fons Tuinstra from China Herald will help to moderate its...

Yemen: Editor of an opposition website kidnapped

On the night of Friday, September 18th, 2009, the Yemeni Editor of the opposition Socialist Party's website, Al Eshteraki, Mohammed al Maqaleh has been kidnapped in the capital Sana'a by...

The Power of 140 Characters: Twitter in the Middle East

The massive, sustained protests in Iran this past month against the regime’s apparent falsification of the presidential election results was enabled by widespread employment of new communication technologies. Among them...

Syria: Blogger Kareem Arbaji Sentenced to Three Years in prison

On September 13, 2009, the Syrian State Security Supreme Court sentenced the young blogger Kareem Arbaji to three-years prison for “publishing mendacious information liable to weaken the nation’s morale,” under...

Once again, Syria bans Facebook

Editor's Note: Facebook has been blocked in Syria consistently for the past two years; therefore, the statement that a ban will be “reintroduced” is incorrect. The linked article from  ‘Al...

Tunisia: Journalist and blogger Abdallah Zouari rearrested

Tunisian blogger and former political prisoner Abdallah Zouari has been arrested yesterday, 15 September 2009 by plainclothes agents in the southern city of Zarzis. During the 8 hours of arrest,...

China: Blue Dam activated

Beijing government has recently required all Internet service providers (ISPs) and data centers to install a software called Blue Dam in all their servers. According to today's Taiwan Apple Daily...

Vietnamese Government Cracks Down On Bloggers

In response to the fast growing citizen journalist movement, the Vietnamese government launched a new entity (Administration Agency for Radio, Television and Electronics Information) and decree to restrict Internet freedom,...

Egypt Interrogating Netizen for a Blog Comment

On September the 3rd, 2009, Khaled elBalshy, the Editor-In-Chief of the Al-Badeel newspaper, who maintains a personal blog at http://elbalshy.blogspot.com, was interrogated by the Interior Ministry's Internet Crimes department for...

China: Real name registration

In early August, major news portal websites have implemented real name registration. Netizens who want to post comment online have to fill up a registration form that collect data on...

Vietnam: Bloggers arrested for criticizing China

Vietnam is continuing its crackdown against bloggers.Early morning on September 3rd blogger Nguyen Nhu Quynh, asleep with her young child was arrested by armed security personnel.In July blogger Nguyen Tien...

Danish-Egyptian Biometric ID-Card Scrutinized Before Take-off

Danish aid is advanzing a joint venture that will sell sofisticated biometric identification technology to the Egyptian Ministry of Communication. NGO questions lack of oversight and evaluation of whether the...

The Other Voice: Women in the Cyberspace Discourse in the Middle East and Islamic World

http://www.dayan.org/Women%20and%20the%20internet.pdf Tel Aviv Notes, Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University – 30 August 2009. In recent years, the Internet has become a swift and accessible means of communication, thanks in part...

Anonymous Blogging guide now available in Arabic

Download PDF The Anonymous Blogging with WordPress and Tor guide is now available in Arabic thanks to this translation by Yazan Badran and Mohammad Al abdallah. The guide outlines several...

The Cross-posting for Advocacy guide is now available in Arabic

We are pleased to announce that the Advocacy 2.0 Guide: Cross-posting for Advocacy, An Introduction to Effective Social Media Integration, is now available in Arabic thanks to this translation by...

Egypt: American blogger and activist detained,Laptop Confiscated

Last night, Tuesday 1st September 09, the American activist and blogger Travis Randall, who participated in a small march supporting Gaza earlier this year, was detained by security officers for...

Liberia government sites are off, and nobody cares

On the night of August 24th. S.W.A.T hackers (probably Iranian team) penetrated 19 governmental web sites including almost all ministries. Most of the sites were down for maintenance for almost...

China: Netizen compensated for 150-day detention

A Shandong netizen Duan Lei was detained by police in February 2009 under the accusation of “defaming” a local party secretary, Guo Feng, at Zhuang Zai town. According to Xinhua...

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