February, 2014

Stories from February, 2014

27 February 2014

Draft Media Law Could Bring Censorship to East Timor

Local media groups are rejecting a draft media law in East Timor that contains provisions that threaten free expression and media workers' rights.

26 February 2014

Hong Kong Police Made Thousands of Personal Data Requests With No Judicial Oversight

In 2013, the Hong Kong Police Force made 7,462 requests for user data under the pretext of "crime investigation", yet the process was not monitored by any judicial bodies.

Netizen Report: Turks Protest, “Unfollow” President Over Censorship Law

This week's report looks at mass protests in both Turkey and Venezuela, Facebook fallout over WhatsApp, and a must-see hand-illustrated video on digital surveillance.

Digital Surveillance in Angola and Other “Less Important” African Countries

Detection of malware in Africa's largest countries seems to be of ongoing interest to researchers. But what about those countries that are "less important" on the global stage?

25 February 2014

Arab Bloggers: A Blessed Generation?

"It’s no surprise that three years after the start of the Arab revolutions, the situation of online freedom of expression in the region seems almost as bleak as it did...

24 February 2014

Digital Citizen 1.4

Digital Citizen brings you the latest human rights and technology news from the Arab World. In this edition, we look at effects of export controls on Sudan and Syria, and...

23 February 2014

Walkie-Talkie App Zello Blocked in Venezuela

Authorities were monitoring protester communications over the mobile push-to-talk app Zello. Now, they're blocking it.

22 February 2014

Venezuela: The Internet Goes Dark in Táchira

"In Táchira we're without Internet, water, light, food, gasoline..." Live tweeting from what many are calling the "militarized" state of Táchira, where the currently raging protests began.

21 February 2014

Xu Zhiyong and the Long Road for China's Human Rights Activists

Oiwan Lam argues that the conviction of human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, a pioneer of civic organizing online, is emblematic of the new era of government repression towards Chinese activists.

19 February 2014

Netizen Report: Censorship Continues as Protests Turn Violent in Venezuela

This week, we look at the effects of protests on the Internet in Venezuela, the Philippines newly-minted online libel rule, and more spyware discoveries from The Citizen Lab.

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