September, 2012

Stories from September, 2012

Privacy Rights Activism in Latin America

Throughout Latin America, new surveillance practices threaten to erode individuals' privacy, yet there is limited public awareness about the civil liberties implications of these rapid changes

Paraguay: ISPs Block News Website Without Warrant

An alarming act of censorship by private companies took place on September 26 in Paraguay. Two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocked the AbcColor.me website without a judicial warrant. After pressure...

Netizen Report: YouTube Edition

This week's report begins with a discussion of Google's handling of the movie trailer 'Innocence of Muslims' on YouTube, which has sparked worldwide debate about the relationship between hate speech...

Open Letter to Governments: Protect Human Rights at the ITU

This December in Dubai, the International Telecommunication Union—a UN agency—will decide whether it should have regulatory authority over the Internet. This move could pose grave risks to the exercise of...

In Censoring Anti-Islam Video, Did Google Do the Right Thing?

This past week, a video apparently made with the sole purpose of inciting Muslim anger by an American Coptic Christian was shown on Egyptian television, sparking protests outside the US...

Chile: 10 Things That Shouldn't be Prohibited due to Copyright

In this new infographic from the 'Don't Fear the Internet Campaign', ONG Derechos Digitales show us 10 common things we do on the Internet that should not be prohibited by...

MENA Netizen Report: We Won't Give Up

Our first edition of the MENA Netizen Report received an enthusiastic welcome from readers, demonstrating that this regionally-focused report fills an important gap. In addition to the usual sections, this...

UN Conference Live Stream Blocked in Bahrain

According to activists in Bahrain, a United Nations Human Rights Council live stream has been blocked.   Authorities in #Bahrain put obstacles to access #UN website for live stream because...

Protecting the Open Internet at the ITU: Civil Society Takes Action

This December in Dubai, the International Telecommunication Union—a UN agency—will decide whether it should have regulatory authority over the Internet. This move could pose grave risks to the exercise of...

Netizen Report: Corporate Responsibility Edition

This week's report begins with Swedish-Finnish telecom TeliaSonera, which has faced criticism for its collaboration with authoritarian regimes in Tajikistan, Azerbaijian and other Eastern European and Central Asian countries. From...

Zambia: SIM Card Registration Starts as Community Radio Stations are Restricted

The Zambian government recently restricted the reach of of the Lusaka-based University of Zambia (UNZA) Radio. On the same day, authorities announced that cell phone users will now be required...

Chile: “Don't Fear the Internet,” the Case of Ciudadano Inteligente

In a new video for the campaign "Don't Fear the Internet", ONG Derechos Digitales presents the case of Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, an NGO that promotes transparency and citizen participation through...

Latin America and the Caribbean Netizen Report: First Edition

This first Latin America and the Caribbean Netizen Report focuses on legislation that affects the fundamental rights of Internet users in the region. In the last two months, the governments...

Netizen Report: #BlackOutJO Edition

This week's report begins in Jordan, where Internet activists have staged a website blackout in protest of amendments to law that would require websites to obtain licenses and bear legal...

Hong Kong: Advocacy Group Pressed Candidates of the Legislature to Reveal Position on Free Speech and Information Policy

In order to press the members of the 2012-2016 Legislative Council to defend freedom of speech and free flow of information, Hong Kong In-Media, a local advocacy group for promoting...

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