November, 2013

Stories from November, 2013

27 November 2013

Japan’s ‘State Secrets’ Bill Passes Lower House

Japan's House of Representatives passed the controversial State Secrecy Protection Bill on Tuesday, November 26 despite criticism from journalists and human rights advocates.

26 November 2013

Will Tunisia's ATT Ring in a New Era of Mass Surveillance?

"Hello darling! Your beloved 404 is back." Activists fear that a new government agency, charged with investigating ICT-related crime, may usher in a new regime of surveillance and censorship.

25 November 2013

The Internet as a Catalyst for Change in Yemen

ISOC-Yemen Chair Walid Al-Saqaf maps out goals for increasing Internet access and using the Internet to promote economic growth and government transparency.

22 November 2013

Protesters, Journalists Speak Out Against Japan's National Secrecy Bill

The controversial bill seeks to impose tougher penalties for leaking national secrets. Critics fear it could curtail media freedom and the right to information.

19 November 2013

Ecuadorean Activists Say No to Cybercafe Surveillance

A new amendment to Ecuador's penal code would obligate cybercafe owners to video surveil their customers and leave ISPs with hefty new data collection requirements.

15 November 2013

How LINE Censors Users in China (and How to Get Around it)

New research from the Citizen Lab investigates government pressures on Asian companies developing instant messaging apps, information controls on LINE apps, and implications for users.

14 November 2013

Mexican Voter Data for Sale at Buscardatos.com

Personal information aggregator buscardatos.com has been selling private voter data from the IFE, the federal administrator of elections in Mexico.

13 November 2013

Netizen Report: Will the EU Create its Own Internet?

This week, mass surveillance-mania hits Nicaragua, Russian bloggers face detention merely for their retweets, and Google announces plans to appeal a filtering order on “Nazi” orgy pics.

China: Over 100,000 Weibo Users Punished for Violating ‘Censorship Guidelines’

Tens of thousands of Sina Weibo users are being punished for posting "personal attack comments" or re-publishing messages posted by other users. Welcome to China's ever-broadening battlefield of online censorship.

12 November 2013

Cyber Stewards Network and Local Activists Investigate FinFisher in Mexico

Security researchers have found evidence that FinFisher, the big bad wolf of spy technologies, is being used in Mexico. Local advocates are using these findings to bring legal action to...