December, 2013

Stories from December, 2013

31 December 2013

Happy New Year from Team Advox!

Wishing our writers, readers, and the entire Global Voices community a happy and peaceful 2014.

2013 in Review: A Fireside Chat with EFF's Jillian York and Eva Galperin

NSA and FinFisher and drones, oh my! Was 2013 the "worst year for Internet freedom" to date? Jillian and Eva discuss.

30 December 2013

In the Internet Policy World, Who Gets to be Civil Society?

Reflections on IGF 2013, human rights, and the somewhat murky concept of "civil society" from the gang at Global Voices Advocacy.

A Different Kind of Free Speech

There are currently 142 people in prison or detention for "politically motivated reasons" in Azerbaijan. Activist and blogger Arzu Geybullayeva reflects on the country's approach to human rights and Internet...

23 December 2013

Facing New Licensing Rules, Leading Political News Site Closes in Singapore

The Breakfast Network socio-political news site ceased operations in Singapore after rejecting new state licensing requirements. The issue has revived debate on Singapore's so-called "light touch" Internet regulation.

21 December 2013

Zambia: Register Your SIM Card, or Lose Your Service

Zambians are being forced to register their mobile phone SIM cards with their real name and other identifying information. What will this mean for user privacy?

18 December 2013

Dozens Detained on Human Rights Day in Cuba

Bloggers, punk rockers, intellectuals, dissidents, and a pair of Argentine tourists were all detained in Cuba last week, just in time for international Human Rights Day.

13 December 2013

Syrian Cartoonist Akram Raslan Reportedly Killed by Regime

Uncertainty continues over the fate of Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan, winner of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning for 2013, arrested in October 2012 by the Assad regime.

11 December 2013

Netizen Report: Singaporean Gay Rights Blogger Faces Court Challenge

This week, we look at dwindling speech protections in Singapore, hackerdom in Moscow, and the very expensive (but secure) Merkelphone.

Nigeria: Gagging Critics or Fighting Cyber Crime?

Nigerian lawmakers are considering multiple bills of law that aim to target online fraud and financial crime, but could undercut key civil liberties along the way.

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