January, 2012

Stories from January, 2012

Iran: Jailed Islamic Cleric and Blogger on Hunger Strike

In the last 33 years since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has been a kind of paradise for Islamic clerics who gained power and rule over the country. But not for...

How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation

Over the weekend, the Obama administration issued a potentially game-changing statement on the blacklist bills, saying it would oppose PIPA and SOPA as written, and drew an important line in...

Iran: A cleric blogger on hunger strike

Mohammad Sadegh Honarvar Shojayi, a blogger and cleric started his hunger strike on Monday. He was arrested by the Prosecutor General on charges of conducting an interview with the reformist...

Venezuela: Cyberactivist Luis Carlos Díaz harassed and threatened by “hackers”

For the second time in only four months, Venezuelan journalist and cyberactivist Luis Carlos Díaz is being harassed by a so-called group of pro-government "hackers", who act under the name...

Netizen Report: Celebration Edition

In our first edition of 2012, we take a look at the mounting challenges from all directions to online free expression, and celebrate the many ways in which netizens around...

Iran: Khazali was arrested again

Shoorezar reports [fa] Mehdi Khazali, a blogger, publisher and son of a leading conservative cleric and former Council of Guardians member, Ayatollah Khazali, was arrested again last week. He was...

Biometrics in Argentina: Mass Surveillance as a State Policy

Two years ago, the UK dismantled their national ID scheme and shredded their National Identity Registry in response to great public outcry over the privacy-invasive program. Unfortunately privacy protections have...

The Arms Race Over The Internet Rages Onward – part 1

2011's Chaos Computer Congress (CCC) was on his 28th edition named “Behind Enemy Lines”. The 28C3, as it is called for shortness, was thus constituted by a myriad of talks...

2011: A Year of Triumphs and Struggle for Bloggers in the Middle East and North Africa

With all of the social media successes throughout the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, it would be all too easy to overlook the struggles faced by bloggers and...

Highlights from the 28th Chaos Communications Congress

The Chaos Communications Congress is the annual meetup of Germany's Chaos Computer Club, one of the oldest hacker collectives in the world. The programme mixes technical talks from the security...

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