July, 2013

Stories from July, 2013

#FreeSafy – Bahrain Arrests Blogger in Dawn Raid

Bahraini blogger Mohammed Hassan was arrested at dawn today. His telephone and computer were confiscated. Netizens are calling for his release.

New Philippine Congress Tackles Digital Rights

After only a week in session, lawmakers have proposed multiple laws that seek to protect user rights online and promote public access to the Internet.

‘Mechanisms of Censorship’ in Ecuador's Communications Law

The controversial new law, among other things, imposes limits on corruption investigations and jeopardizes the dissemination of information of public interest.

Another Journalist Arrested in Zambia

After Wilson Pondamali was arrested and his home searched by police, users reported that independent news site the Zambian Watchdog was inaccessible within Zambia.

Digital Citizen المواطن الرقمي 1.0

Digital Citizen is a monthly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. This is our first edition.

Snowden Airport Saga Polarizes Russian Human Rights Community

Human rights defenders in Russia are divided over Edward Snowden and the Kremlin's treatment of the former NSA subcontractor who remains in jurisdictional limbo at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

MERCOSUR and the Future of the Internet in Latin America

Last Friday, Latin American government leaders issued a strong statement against the mass surveillance of their citizens by the US government at an emergency meeting of MERCOSUR. Activists, academics and...

Nigerian Government to Ramp Up Internet Surveillance?

In April, Nigerian news site Premium Times revealed government plans to purchase equipment that would allow it to conduct online surveillance on an unprecedented scale. The government reportedly had contracted...

Journalist Charged With Sedition in Zambia

Zambian journalist Thomas Zgambo was arrested and charged with sedition on Tuesday. Another journalist, Clayson Hamasaka, was arrested but released without charges. Advocates suspect that both events were triggered by...

Online and Off, Information Control Persists in Turkey

Government efforts to stifle unrest in Turkey in recent weeks has stretched beyond episodes of physical violence and police brutality into the digital world, where information control and media intimidation...

Philippine Online Harassment Bill Could Threaten Speech

In an effort to protect women and children against online abuses, Philippine Senator Nancy Binay has filed a bill called Electronic Violence Against Women. Some are worried that the measure,...

Netizen Report: Gambia to Ban Internet Activism?

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 begin in Gambia, where lawmakers have...

Advocates Keep Spotlight on Le Quoc Quan

The trial of Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most active human rights defenders and an outspoken blogger, has been postponed by the Vietnamese government without explanation. The blogger has...

Targeting “Rumors” on China's Sina Weibo

Most discussions around Chinese' censorship practice focus on its filtering mechanism, the so-called Great Firewall of China. Yet there is another side of the story that remains unexplored: The virtual...

Why Would Edward Snowden Want to Go to Ecuador?

The future of Edward Snowden is uncertain. The young American is reportedly sheltered in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, and he has requested asylum from 20 countries. Although it remains unknown where...

Zambia: ISP Faces Backlash Over Blocked News Site

Zambian telecommunications company Airtel may be facing unintended consequences for allegedly having blocked access to popular citizen news website the Zambian Watchdog. Maiko Zulu, one of the nation’s popular musicians...

Netizen Report: Iran's President-Elect “Likes” Open Internet

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 begin in Iran, where president-elect Hassan...

Zambia: VP “Would Celebrate” Shutdown of News Site

Zambian Vice President Dr. Guy Scott recently told parliament he would celebrate if the Zambian Watchdog, an independent citizen media site, were to shut down. On the evening prior, it...

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