Featured stories from February 2014
Photographer and human rights advocate Amer Sweidan took a series of portraits at last month's Arab Bloggers Meeting. In this brief essay, he describes the collaborative process of the project.
Focusing on policies for the digital realm seems strange in a region where dissent and even fact-based reporting, whether they happen online or offline, so often have profound real-life consequences.
The Spanish government is reviewing a new intellectual property bill, an extension of the so-called Sinde law, which restricts the use of links and citations of publications.
Stories from February, 2014
Local media groups are rejecting a draft media law in East Timor that contains provisions that threaten free expression and media workers' rights.
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.
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.
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?
"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 before 2011." Hisham Almiraat reflects on #AB14.
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 threats to bloggers in Egypt and the UAE.
Authorities were monitoring protester communications over the mobile push-to-talk app Zello. Now, they're blocking it.
"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.
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.
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.
The Philippine Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of an online libel policy, disappointing and angering media freedom advocates
Protesters believe police are reviewing their personal information, erasing pictures and video of the protests, and sending prank messages to their families and friends.
Global Voices authors are crowdsourcing information about web blocking Venezuela -- and they need your help!
Tajeldin Arja was arrested at a press conference last December, after he criticized the Sudanese and Chadian Presidents for their actions surrounding the conflict in Darfur.
Djamel Ghanem faces prison for an unpublished cartoon in which he used an image of baby diapers to mock Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
As protests escalate, Internet users throughout Venezuela are reporting trouble accessing websites and multimedia content on Twitter. Most problems appear to be occuring on CANTV, the state-owned ISP.
"It's been a year you first whispered in my ear that PGP is of no use anymore."
Venezuelan citizens took to the streets to demand the release of student protester arrested in previous demonstrations concerning public safety and food shortages. Media organizations covering the protests are facing censorship and legal threats.
Zambians who failed to register their SIM cards are now facing dead air -- journalists and opposition party leaders say the deactivations are a violation of citizens' privacy and communication rights.
This week, we round up events around the globe that marked #TheDayWeFightBack anti-surveillance campaign and look at mounting pressure on indy media in Turkey and Venezuela.