Featured stories from January 2014
In this edition we cover Al Shabab's attack on the Somali Internet, citizen surveillance schemes in Ukraine and India, and the UK's wayward new porn filters.
The US federal government that has forced Coursera and other Massive Online Open Course providers to block access for users in sanctioned countries such as Syria and Iran.
Stories from January, 2014
A statement released at the 4th Arab Bloggers Meeting participants, supporting the release of Razan Zaitouneh, a human rights lawyer and the co-founder of Syria's Violations Documentation Center.
Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh is in a Saudi prison, allegedly for spreading atheism - and having long hair. Online networks are calling for his release.
GVers Advox Director Hisham Almiraat, GV MENA Region Editor Amira Al Hussaini, SMEX Co-Director Mohammed Najem and Berkman Fellow Dalia Othman share with us their insights from this remarkable event.
At the 4th Arab Bloggers Meeting in Amman, Jordan, representatives from the region released a a statement pressing for the freedom of currently imprisoned Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah.
This week's Netizen Report begins with look at US government surveillance during the civil rights movement, and then move to new online censorship threats in Russia and Ukraine in the face of increasingly powerful public demonstrations.
Ilham Tohti, founder of Uyghur Online and a moderate advocate for ethnic autonomy policy in China was arrested on January 15. Supporters are advocating for his release online.
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law that openly restricts free speech, peaceful protest and free communications in the country, leaving citizens and journalists outraged.
Indy news site the Zambian Watchdog published a leaked draft of the nation's constitution -- police now say they will use "international legal provisions" to prosecute those behind the Watchdog.
Another Internet crackdown looms in Russia, where the Duma is reviewing three new pieces of “anti-terror” legislation that could place hefty restrictions on the activities of websites and civil society.
Next week, bloggers, techies, activists and entrepreneurs from throughout the Middle East and North Africa will come together in Amman, Jordan for the 4th Arab Bloggers Meeting!
Is freedom of the press "limited to those who own one”? We hope not! This week, we look at India's increasingly politicized media environment, Turkey's new online censorship bill, and more.
The Russian Federal Protective Service is asking software developers to design a system that automatically monitors the country’s news and social media, producing reports that study netizens’ political attitudes.
A weekly magazine was suspended in Malaysia after it ran a story on the Prime Minister's spending habits. In response, journalists took to the streets to denounc media censorship.
Despite legal and technological barriers, new online media projects pushing making big waves in the push for transparency, accountability, and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong.
What can we learn from political campaigns of the past? A look back at the movement that brought an end to Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile.
A report from this week's trial of Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mona Seif, and other activists accused of arson in what appears to be a politically motivated case.
"Alaa reminded us how our encounter with technology became a way of living." Reflections from Lina Attalah on friend and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, currently in prison in Egypt.
New research from Social Media Exchange shows web blocking data from Lebanon -- and invites users to join a crowdsourcing effort to learn more about blocking across ISPs.
"These friendships come in fragments, but they are sometimes the best we have." Reflections from Jillian York on friend and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, currently in prison in Egypt.
Are anti-protest laws the new black? Is Facebook reading your mind? What if Egypt becomes the de-facto cyber security leader of Africa? These questions and more in this week's Netizen Report.