May, 2011

Stories from May, 2011

25 May 2011

G8 taking over the Internet

For the first time and on the occasion of the Summit of Heads of State and Government or as known for Group of Eight (G8) (a “ritual” created by France...

17 May 2011

India's Information Technology Rules 2011 Has Many Fuming

Is India following China's lead when it comes to user generated content online? Many will answer yes, following newly released Information Technology Rules 2011. The Economic Times reports that the...

13 May 2011

China: Cracking down circumvention tools

A number of Chinese netizens report that since May 6 2011 visiting overseas website via China Telecom and China Unicom has become highly unstable. This time the disruption mainly affected...

9 May 2011

Nepal: Facebooking Revolt and Censorship

Arab spring has brought  winds of change into Nepal. On Saturday, May 7, group of young people gathered near Maitighar area of capital Kathmandu demanding speedy resolution to the current deadlocke caused...

7 May 2011

Egypt: how companies help the government spy on activists

Few weeks ago when authorities didn’t respond immediately to people’s demand, many Egyptians stormed the State Security Investigations (SSI) headquarters to protect the evidences against SSI offices (including torture equipments...

5 May 2011

Azerbaijan: Youth Activist Sentenced

Jabbar Savalan, a 20-year-old opposition youth activist, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison on drug possession charges. However, others maintain that Javalan was detained because...

Did Syria replace Facebook's security certificate with a forged one?

Ana Souri [I'm Syrian in Arabic] tumblr user is claiming that Syrian Telecom Ministry has replaced Facebook's security certificate with a forged one that makes it easy to spy on...

4 May 2011

China: Political Spam in Twitter

The tag system in Twitter is an effective way in distributing information beyond a user's social network. However, the system can easily be contaminated by spam messages. In western countries,...

In Bahrain, World Press Non-Freedom Day

Today is World Press Freedom Day, a day that is being commiserated more than celebrated in many nations, including Bahrain, where journalists and bloggers are currently under siege by government.

2 May 2011

China: Exposing Internet Surveillance Abroad

The U.S-China Human Rights Dialogue did not have any concrete consensus last week. While the U.S government questioned Chinese government's crackdown on dissent, oppression of religion and expression freedom, Chinese...