Featured stories from March 2014
Government officials say Viber and other Internet-based communications services are depriving local telcos of much-needed revenue. Critics suggest political concerns may be driving the blockages.
This week, we look at Gambia's 48-hour Internet blackout, the ongoing assault on Twitter in Turkey, and the approval of landmark Internet legislation in brazil.
Though privacy concerns remain, the approval of the Marco Civil "is important not only for the country, but also for the world," says Joana Varon, an original author of the law.
Stories from March, 2014
27 March 2014
The IGMENA campaign “Click Rights” aims to bring more awareness of digital rights to citizens, so they in turn can pressure governments and the private sector to uphold them.
26 March 2014
Brazil's Chamber of Deputies passed the Marco Civil da Internet, the now-famous "Bill of Rights" for the Internet, on the evening of March 25. Advocates worldwide are celebrating.
25 March 2014
RuNet activists have created a sophisticated system of censorship evasion and counter-attack, which can potentially make life hard for both censors and pro-Kremlin websites.
24 March 2014
Cyber harassment, bullying, and online stalking are now criminalized in Singapore. Will it lead to the protection of Internet users or curtailment of free speech?
Celebrations continue as prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah is released from jail. In his first tweet after his release, the activist vows to "continue" the struggle.
Turkey blocked Twitter last week – along with Google's public DNS service, used to circumvent the block. Nevertheless, Tweets out of Turkey appear to be on the rise.
21 March 2014
Turkey's Prime Minister is calling for democratic elections in a democratic state. Meanwhile, media outlets are under attack, Twitter is blocked, and protester oppression is at an all-time high.
20 March 2014
Amidst escalating protests, independent television network Al-Atlas TV was shut down by Algerian authorities, who raided the network's offices and seized computers and recording equipment.
19 March 2014
This week, the Web turned 25, the US government decided to relinquish control over key functions of the network, and the Internet made new "Enemies" in the US and UK.
CESSPA, the new security agency in Venezuela, may bring yet another layer of state control over the flow of information online.