January, 2013

Stories from January, 2013

Surveillance Camp I: Mapping Strategies to Counteract Online Spying in Latin America

This is the first in a series of posts mapping state surveillance challenges in Latin America and lessons learned at EFF's State Surveillance Camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Zambia: Foreign Minister's Phone Tapped

Zambia's Foreign Minister, Given Lubinda, is under pressure to resign from the ruling Patriotic Front party. He is accused by the party's disciplinary committee of leaking information to online publications....

Video Advocacy Races Forward: 2012’s Dangers & 2013’s Solutions

Video is increasingly at the nexus of opportunity and danger for human rights activists. Video helps activists to document, confront, circumvent, and lobby against oppressive authorities—but it also allows those...

Open Source Design Tools for Human Rights Activists

The world's premier human rights organizations often have entire communications teams with dedicated graphic designers to celebrate their work. But not every organization can afford to have a designer. There...

Colombia: Copyright Law Rejected by Constitutional Court

On Wednesday night, October 23, 2012, the Colombian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional Articles 13 and 14 of the Law 1520, better known as Lleras Law 2.0. The proposed law provides...

Netizen Report: Game Over Edition

This week's Netizen Report begins in South Korea, where new legislation would make it illegal for juveniles to play online games after 10 pm. Then, we move to Tajikstan, which...

Resources: Guide to Creating Facebook Pages with Impact

It's no small task for small organizations and activists to put together a strategic Facebook page, and navigating around Facebook's setup pages can be confusing. Originally published in Arabic, Social...

GVA 2013: Activating Our Global Network

In our effort to amplify the voices and stories of people around the world that are less commonly heard in mainstream media, Global Voices has become a robust network of...

South Korea: Stricter Online Games Regulations Face Discontent

The South Korean government in on the offensive against online games addiction. But the policy is increasingly controversial among South Korean youth, says our author Jae Yeon Kim.

South Korea: How to Regain Ownership of the Internet

On January 11, 2012, Network Neutrality Forum, an alliance of South Korean Internet freedom-concerned civic organizations, hosted a public workshop to discuss ways to increase civic participation in global Internet...

Nigeria: Tweep Detained For Taking Photographs

The Nigerian blogosphere was thrown into panic due to the arrest of Eggheader Odewole (@eggheader) for taking photographs of a windmill under construction in Kastina, Northern Nigeria.

Kuwaiti Twitter User Jailed for Two Years for Insulting Emir

Kuwait slapped a two year prison sentence to yet another Twitter user for using the microblogging site to insult its ruler. Netizens react.

#DELETECONTROL/: Campaign Against Digital Repression

The Humanist Institute for Cooperation, Hivos, in partnership with Global Voices Advocacy, Witness, Mideast Youth and Tactical Technology Collective, are launching #DELETECONTROL/, a campaign to help threatened netizens fight against...

South Korea: Public Interest in Internet Governance Issues Rekindled

On January 3, 2013, Creative Commons Korea co-organized a public event on Internet governance entitled “Global Great Power Rivalries on the Internet”. The meeting was especially focused on the outcome...

China: Google's Quiet Withdrawal of Censorship Warning Raises Questions

Google has quietly removed a feature that used to inform users from mainland China of censored keywords. Is this---as some speculate---a move by Google to please Beijing in an attempt...

Venezuela: Home of Twitter User Raided

The home of Twitter user Federico Medina Ravell, who's allegedly behind the account @LucioQuincioC, was raided on Sunday, January 6, by Venezuelan intelligence officers. The micro-blogger is suspected of spreading...

China: Sina Weibo Manager Discloses Internal Censorship Practices

One Sina Weibo manager , frustrated by the pressure from the Propaganda Department imposed upon him and his colleagues, forcing them to censor a controversial editorial, writes an inside story...

Zambia: Minister Threatens Editors of Online Watchdog with Treason Charge

A Zambian government minister has allegedly threatened to arrest the editors of the online citizen media newspaper, Zambian Watchdog. The minister is also said to have threatened to charge the...

South Korea: Perspectives on Chinese New Net Control Laws

On December 28, 2012, the Chinese government approved a set of new net control laws that would make it compulsory for internet intermediaries to enforce users' real name registration. In...

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