May, 2012

Stories from May, 2012

Nabeel Rajab: The struggle continues in Bahrain

President of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Nabeel Rajab, has been released on $800 bail, his lawyer Mohamed Al Jishi said. Earlier this month, Rajab was arrested at Bahrain International...

Pakistan: Twitter has been Blocked

Twitter has been blocked in Pakistan on Sunday. The country's top telecommunications officials said that it was blocked because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam. The tweets...

Zambia: President Sata Sues Citizens, Media Criticizing Him

President Sata recently sued United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema, the Daily Nation newspaper, radio station Hot FM and University of Zambia lecturer Cholwe Beyani for defamation of...

Letter for Civil Society Involvement in WCIT

This page features a letter from academics and civil society groups from around the world to International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré regarding the lack of opportunity for civil...

Venezuela: State-owned ISP presumably blocks news website

As of May 17th, Venezuelan netizens have reported through Twitter that the news website lapatilla.com might have been blocked by governmental ISP, Cantv.net.

Netizen Report: RuNet Edition

Our weekly review of developments in the global struggle for freedom and control of the Internet begins in Russia, where citizen media has been under attack in the wake of...

A man serving an anti-royal sentence in Thailand dies in prison

Akong was sentenced to 20 years in jailed for an unproven lese majeste case on the basis of Thailand's Computer Crime Act. The 61-year-old grandfather, who had long battled with...

Zambia: Citizen News Website Hacked

On Wednesday, 9 May 2012, netizens who flock to various citizen-run news websites such as Zambian Watchdog and Tumfweko were met with “page not available” or messages to similar effect....

Breaking Borders Award 2012!

We're excited to announce the second edition of the Breaking Borders Award for 2012. The award is a prize created by Google and Global Voices to honor outstanding web or...

The Monarchy of Bahrain: An enemy of the Internet

Last week, the Bahraini authorities arrested the President of the Human Rights Centre in Bahrain, Nabeel Rajab when he returned from Lebanon at Bahrain’s International Airport. Apparently, the Bahraini government...

Netizen Report: Raise Your Voice Edition

In our weekly report on the global battle for freedom and control of the Internet, we begin in India where activists are fuming over the country’s sweeping new Internet restrictions...

Netherlands: First country in Europe with net neutrality

The Netherlands is the first country in Europe to implement net neutrality it in its law. Together with the net neutrality provisions, it passed privacy protections for users against wiretapping...

Tim Berners-Lee: Protect the Open Web! #WWW2012

On April 16-20, 2012 the 21st International World Wide Web Conference (#WWW2012) gathered in Lyon, France to discuss matters of global concern for the Internet and the Web. A major...

Netizen Report: Follow What You Believe Edition

Our inaugural weekly report honors Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, who was arrested in 2009 for violating Thailand's Computer Crimes Act because she failed to delete a user comment insulting the King...

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