Featured stories from September 2013
Netizen Report: Advocates Push for Privacy at the UN
The UN Human Rights Council members go to bat for online privacy, China continues its rumor monger crackdown, and Grenada outlaws “annoying” emails.
Netizen Report: “Terrorist” Video Triggers Journalist Arrest in Morocco
This week's report covers arrests in Morocco and China, proposed social media regulations in Ecuador, and Iran's 'fling' with Facebook.
Netizen Report: ‘Syria Untold’ Brings Color to a Black-and-White Debate
As the world watches Syria, a new online project is documenting non-violent activism, artistic works and citizen reporting in response to the nation's civil war.
Stories from September, 2013
Moroccan Editor Arrested for Terrorist Video Coverage
Ali Anouzla was arrested last week after his news site featured an article about a video allegedly posted online by Al-Qaeda. Some believe the article gave authorities a convenient excuse to arrest the journalist.
Queer Pakistan is Blocked: Double-Edged Sword of Media Coverage?
A newly launched website to support Pakistan's LGBT youth has been banned by the authorities. Was Queer Pakistan a victim of its own successful publicity?
Worried About Surveillance? Welcome to the Indian World, Says Sherman Alexie
Surveillance has always been present for Native Americans and minorities in the US, says Alexie. The NSA's spying program is only exposing the majority of the country to what others have long experienced.
Interview: Researcher Sonya Yan Song on Censorship in China
Sonya Yan Song is a researcher and computer programmer working on current trends in online news censorship China. In a recent study, she has sought to quantify deletion rates for online news articles.
The Public Voice: Join a Global Conversation on Privacy
On Tuesday, September 24, The Public Voice coalition will hold a privacy and consumer protection meeting, in an effort to build a bridge between policymakers, your privacy, and you. Anyone can join the meeting online.
The End of Silence in Syria: Interview with Syria Untold
Leila Nachawati talks with Advox about Syria Untold, a new project that is bringing together artists, activists, and journalists engaged in creative, non-violent resistance to the Assad regime.
Bangladesh's ICT Act Stoops to New Lows
New amendments to the law all but endorse warrantless arrests and detentions of suspected offenders -- anyone who publishes "fake, obscene or defaming information in electronic form."
US Power and the Not-So-Democratic Global Internet
The US government has a disproportionately large influence on global Internet policy. What if these policies don't work for the rest of the world?
Digital Citizen 1.1 المواطن الرقمي
Digital Citizen is a monthly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. This is our second edition.
What's a Rumor? Judiciary Guidelines Face Scrutiny in China
Human rights lawyers and even Communist party scholars are questioning the legal legitimacy of China's campaign against online "rumors".
How the NSA is Tampering with Encrypted Communications (and how to fight back)
New leaks show that the NSA has gone to extraordinary lengths to secretly undermine secure communications infrastructure online. EFF security experts explain what this means for users and what you can do to keep your online communications private.
Minister Wins Damages Against Zambian Gossip Website
In a US court, Zambia's Deputy Commerce Minister has won a lawsuit against Zambian gossip site Kachepa360. Critics fear that citizen media sites reporting on government activities may soon face similar challenges.
Hundreds Arrested for Spreading ‘Rumors’ on China's Ideological Battlefield
Two weeks ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping ordered the Communist Party's propaganda machine to build "a strong Internet army" to "seize the ground of new media". Over 450 bloggers and online writers have been arrested since.
Netizen Report: World Cyberattack Week?
Hacker groups attacked major websites in China, Palestine and the US last week. Meanwhile, Facebook released its first transparency report and announced new "proposed updates" to its data use policy.
Press Release: Internet Activists Demand Release of Bahraini Blogger Mohammed Hassan
Global Voices Advocacy and bloggers around the world are calling for the release of Mohammed Hassan (Safybh), a young Bahraini blogger and human rights advocate who has been held in detention in Bahrain since July.
Safeguard Your Videos with a New Guide from WITNESS
It is now easier than ever to capture video of public events and build a large archive quickly. But these files easily can be lost or damaged. WITNESS' new guide to archiving human rights video for activists is here to help.