April, 2012

Stories from April, 2012

25 April 2012

Netizen Report: Firewall Edition

On April 12, the Chinese Internet was cut off from the global Internet for about two hours, for reasons that remain unknown. Meanwhile, netizens around the world have been busy...

23 April 2012

How Should We Govern the Internet? Livestream of Global INET Forum 2012

An important meeting on Internet governance issues is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from April 23-23, 2012. Participate remotely to follow discussions on privacy, net neutrality, IPv6, security, digital content...

18 April 2012

Arab World: Technology in the Time of Revolution

The Arab uprisings have created a debate about the role played by social media and mobile technology in bringing change. Whatever conclusion you come to on that subject, activists certainly...

17 April 2012

China: Battle over the spread and deletion of “rumors”

The China propaganda machine continues to launch the war against “rumors” distributing via social media. However, many still believe that people will eventually win in this online battle. Yesterday People's...

14 April 2012

Guinea-Bissau: Top Blogger Detained, Beaten by Military After Coup

Aly Silva is one of the most important bloggers in the small west African country of about 1 million people, if not the most important (see this Global Voices interview...

13 April 2012

China: Testing for “Kill Switch” of the World Wide Web?

China's internet became an intranet for about two hours on April 12. All internet users in China could not access to the World Wide Web and were cut off from...

12 April 2012

Kuwait: Tortured for Someone Else's Tweets

Throughout the year of 2011, Kuwait has had many cases of arrests of twitter users. It started with two tweeps getting arrested for insulting a religious sect. Other cases had...

11 April 2012

Netizen Report: Legislative Edition

Democratic nations face a challenge in finding the right balance between national security imperatives on the one hand and the need to protect citizens’ freedoms on the other. In this...

9 April 2012

Pakistan: Unpacking an Anti-Censorship Campaign

When Pakistan's government called for proposals for a new URL filtering and blocking system earlier this year, local and global civil society coordinated their campaigns to focus on the strategies...

6 April 2012

An Occupy Wall Street Tutorial: “How to Film a Revolution”

On Sunday December 11, 2011 The New York Times published an extensive article illustrating the role of livestream technologies in the Occupy Wall Street movement. The following day, seventeen mediamakers,...