August, 2013

Stories from August, 2013

29 August 2013

South Korea: Naver Provokes Push for Portal Regulation

Conservative party politicians and major news organizations are pushing for new regulatory measures aimed at Naver, South Korea's leading search and online content provider. In addition to dominating online advertising...

27 August 2013

Transparency Reform in Mexico: A Step Backward in the Name of Security?

The Attorney General, the President of the National Bank, and other high-ranking authorities may soon be able to overrule actions of the Federal Institute for Access to Information, the semi-autonomous...

24 August 2013

Russia's Political Firebrand: What Makes Navalny Tick?

Russia's best-known political blogger earned his fame fighting corruption in the private sector, but may now face five years' jail time on (possibly trumped-up) embezzlement charges. In the meantime, he's...

23 August 2013

In Thailand, Facebook ‘Likes’ Can Land You in Jail

On major chat and social network platforms, law enforcement officials are now monitoring users of keywords including "coup", "monarchy", "drugs", "prostitution", and other terms deemed relevant to national security.

22 August 2013

Advocates Condemn New Filtering System in Pakistan

IT Minister Anusha Rehman says the new system will allow the government to lift its nearly year-old ban on YouTube, leaving only “objectionable” videos blocked on the site. Meanwhile, many...

21 August 2013

Controversial Human Rights Lawyer Arrested in Bangladesh

Adilur Khan was arrested without a warrant, allegedly for helping his employer, prominent human rights group Odhikar, to publish a report on police abuse. The report has raised substantial public...

19 August 2013

Thailand Wants to Monitor Conversations on LINE App

Government officials would monitor the messaging application to track online threats to national security. LINE has 15 million subscribers in Thailand.

16 August 2013

From North to South, the Government is Watching You

While many eyes remain fixed on the surveillance activities of the United States, citizens in Colombia, Mexico, Panama and many other Latin American countries are also at risk of abuses...

15 August 2013

Why was Facebook Blocked in Cambodia?

On August 7, Facebook was inaccessible in Cambodia for several hours. Government officials and ISPs claimed that the blockage resulted from technical complications, but media freedom groups remained suspicious of...

14 August 2013

Taiwanese Government Alters Search Engine Ads to Favor Nuclear Energy Policy

Activists in Taiwan are fighting to halt the operation of nuclear power plant that could be highly hazardous for the island state. Early this week, a Yahoo! search on anti-nuclear...