March, 2013

Stories from March, 2013

19 March 2013

Netizen Report: Skype Fears Regulation in France; Google Nixes Reader Everywhere

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week we examine the "death" of Google Reader...

18 March 2013

China: Researchers Uncover Microblog Filtering Mechanisms

In a recent paper entitled "The Velocity of Censorship: High-Fidelity Detection of Microblog Post Deletions," a group of computer scientists describes their study of censorship practices on Sina Weibo, China's...

15 March 2013

#FreeBassel: One Year Later, Syrian Netizen Remains in Prison

One year ago today, Syrian web developer and open technology advocate Bassel Khartabil was arrested and incarcerated in Damascus, where he has remained ever since. Known among open technology advocates...

14 March 2013

Venezuela: Twitter user detained for spreading “destabilizing” information

On March 14, Lourdes Alicia Ortega Pérez was detained by Venezuelan authorities for allegedly having "usurped the identity of an official of the Autonomous Service of Registries and Notaries" and...

12 March 2013

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

March 12 is World Day Against Cyber Censorship. Reporters Without Borders and other advocates for Internet rights are calling on activists, movements and organizations around the world to participate by...

All Eyes on Kenya — and Cameras, too

In the months approaching Kenya's national elections, citizens across the country mobilized to support peace on election day. Among them are 120 human rights activists and citizen journalists who participated...

8 March 2013

Netizen Report: In Brazil and US, Transparency Efforts Carry Costs

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Highlights this week include a Brazilian teen's push for...

US Soldier Sent WikiLeaks Documents to “Spark Debate” on War

Last week, US Army soldier and whistleblower Bradley Manning took the stand in a military hearing to explain, in his own words, why he leaked thousands of sensitive military documents...

5 March 2013

#FreeRod: Chilean Twitter User Faces Trial for Parody

Chilean billionaire Andrónico Luksic has accused Twitter user Rodrigo Ferrari of “usurpation of identity” for running an account that mocked Luksic. If Ferrari is found guilty, the case could set...

Location Matters: Online Defamation in Latin America

In Latin America, where defamation laws are not consistent, online defamation cases threaten to erode the universal right to freedom of expression, which is enshrined by nearly every national constitution...

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