November, 2012

Stories from November, 2012

Zambia: “SIM Registration is For Security Reasons”

Recent admission by Zambia's telecoms regulatory body that the mandatory registration of SIM cards was being done to mount a security data base for users is stirring controversy among users...

Citizens Tell Governments: Vote for Openness at the ITU

Today, Internet rights advocates are urging their governments to vote for openness at the conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Beginning Monday, Member States of the UN agency will...

Open letter to Marissa Mayer: HTTPS for all Yahoo! communications services now!

After the celebrated appointment of Marisa Mayer as CEO of Yahoo!, the new leadership has the opportunity to fix an urgent matter: Yahoo! Mail is the only major web-based e-mail...

Netizen Report: #Gaza Edition

This week's Netizen Report begins in Gaza, where the conflict between Israel and Hamas has highlighted sensitive issues in the negotiation of free speech online by Internet companies. From there,...

In Case of Disconnection: Preparing Gaza for an Internet Shutdown

For days, rumors have abounded that Israel—which controls the telecommunications infrastructure of Palestine—plans to shut down the Internet in Gaza.  While thus far the rumors have proven false, various organizations...

Domain Names: Expression that Deserves Protection

The Initiative for Freedom of Expression on Internet (iLEI, by its Spanish name), a special program of the Center of Studies for Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, has...

Translation Project: Protect Global Internet Freedom statement

Over the next seven days, Global Voices Lingua volunteers will be translating a public online petition that supports the protection of human rights online and urges government members of the...

Blogging on behalf of Hamid

  Antonella has not blogged since long time. Her last blog post was on April 25, 2012 in which she wrote: “Dear Hamid, Every day I discover how vast a...

China: Beijing Twitterer Detained for Writing Micro-fiction

A Beijing Twitterer @Stariver has been detained since November 7th, 2012, at the eve of the 18th National Chinese Communist Party Congress. According to his friends who visited his family...

Portugal: Activist blog silenced by Google

On the day of Portugal's general strike, Google's Blogger took down an activist blog maintained by one of Portugal's largest organizations advocating for "precarious" workers. The group suspects the move...

Netizen Report: Chinese Leadership & Censorship Edition

This week's Netizen Report begins in China, where an unprecedented level of censorship has been reached as the nation goes through its once in a decade leadership change. From there,...

MENA Netizen Report: Porn Edition

Most of this month’s report was researched, edited, and written by Rayna St, Nermeen Edrees, and Hisham Almiraat. After a YouTube trailer named “The Innocence of Muslims” sparked a widespread...

Latin America and the Caribbean Netizen Report: Cybercrime Edition

In the last 10 years, various countries in the region have put forward legislation that attempts to combat computer crimes. As a result of these initiatives, the state collects the...

International Day to End Impunity: Join the Campaign

To demand justice for all artists, journalists, musicians and writers who are forcibly silenced around the world, IFEX has decided to name November 23 the International Day to End Impunity....

Anonymous Twitter Account Leads Major Protests in Kuwait

Tens of thousands showed up in the areas of Mishref and Sabah Al-Salem protesting the Kuwaiti Amir's amendment of the voting law which allows a citizen to vote for one...

Egypt: Online Porn, Here to Stay?

The ongoing battle over the future Egyptian constitution and the more-than-a-month long strike of Egyptian medical workers are among the most pressing issues in the country at the moment… or...

Same Technology, Different Freedoms: How U.S. Copyright Law Can Restrict Mobile Devices

From a user’s perspective there is not much difference between a smartphone and a tablet. Both devices are portable touch-screen computers, and while the a smartphone might have a dedicated...

Egypt To Block Porn Sites… Again

On Wednesday, November 7, the Egyptian Public Prosecutor decided that online pornography was “inconsistent with Egyptian traditions and values.” He ordered a general ban of all porn sites in Egypt.

Netizen Report: Baku Edition

This week's Netizen Report begins at the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is a UN-sponsored event to discuss major Internet governance issues. It comes just weeks before the...

Azerbaijan: “A Country that Portrays Social-Networkers as Mentally Ill”

While all eyes were on the presidential election in the United States, a major international conference started on Tuesday in Baku, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan....

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