March, 2011

Stories from March, 2011

28 March 2011

Liberal Jewish Blogger Under Attack

Richard Silverstein, a liberal Jewish blogger, has come under attack from right wing nationalists and religious hard liners. In his blog Tikun Olam, Silverstein has posted a statement sent to...

25 March 2011

Microsoft Compromises Users’ Privacy: No HTTPS in Arab Countries, Iran

With the ongoing protestes and violent crackdown from governments in the Middle East, compromising online security could have dire repercussions on the wellbeing of internet users in the region. Email security is...

23 March 2011

Syria: A Blogger Arrested, a Journalist Missing

Amidst a crackdown on protests in Daraa, Syria, a journalist is reported missing, while a blogger has reportedly been arrested, not long after being released for a previous arrest.

China: 130 thousand Internet cafes shut down in six years

According to the “2010 China Internet Cafe Market Report” released by the Ministry of Culture on March 17 2011, more than 130 thousand unlicensed Internet cafes had been shut down...

20 March 2011

China: PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols blocked

Update March 22: A reader reported back via email that only some of the PPTP and L2TP protocols have been blocked and interrupted in China and he has not encountered...

19 March 2011

Azerbaijan: Anonymous says Big Brother might be watching you

Since activists in Azerbaijan started using Facebook to coordinate and widen their activities, the authorities in the former Soviet republic are starting to keep a closer eye on social networking...

18 March 2011

Alert: Ali Abdulemam goes missing in Bahrain

We just received the following news from the Bahrain Human Rights Society alerting us about the missing of our dear friend and colleague Ali Abdulemam. Ali Abdulemam, a leading Bahraini...

13 March 2011

Uzbekistan: The Enemies of the Internet are Known

12 March was the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. Launched by Reporters Without Borders in 2008, the initiative is intended to promote the idea of Internet without restrictions and accessible to...

10 March 2011

How Much Does Internet Access Matter?

Amidst the ongoing debate of the role of social media in revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa lies another question: To what degree does Internet access matter in...

Azerbaijan: Blowing Up in Their Facebook

Baku seems to be getting savvier about how to discredit, marginalize, or monitor online activists. This article was originally published on 9 March 2011 by Transitions Online and is used...