April, 2014

Stories from April, 2014

China: Anti-Pornography Campaign Targets Tech Giant

Alongside literature websites and online games, tech giant Sina is a major target of the CCP's latest anti-porn campaign.

The Kremlin’s Internet Annexation

For some reason, lawmakers in Russia today continue to add new powers to the state’s censorship utility-belt, as though the current panoply of Internet controls weren’t enough.

Zambia: New Risks for Journalists At National Broadcaster

Media workers in Zambia will soon face even greater constraints from both employers and state regulators.

Six Members of Blogging Collective Arrested in Ethiopia

Allies report that the six young writers, all members of the Zone Nine blogging collective, are being held at Maekelawi detention center in Addis Ababa.

Journalists Face Trial in Thailand for Quoting Reuters’ Report on Human Trafficking

Two reporters in Thailand are facing a defamation suit filed by the Royal Thai Navy after they quoted a Pulitzer-winning Reuters story about official involvement in trafficking Rohingya refugees.

Algeria's Opposition Report Threats, Intimidation Following President's Reelection

Government opposition groups say authorities are posting their personal information and contact details -- and even issuing death threats -- on social media.

GV Face: Live from the Internet World Cup

Do we have a new roadmap for global internet governance? This week's hangout is from the Net Mundial conference in São Paulo, Brazil.

Netizen Report: Pakistan’s Anti-Terror Ordinance May Endanger Online Speech

This week, Brazil kicks off the Internet world cup, activists in Algeria condemn online harassment, and Sina Weibo says censorship is bad for business.

#NETmundial2014: Does the Web Need a Magna Carta?

An all-star panel including Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, musician and former Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and Web We Want campaign lead Renata Avila discusses human rights and the Internet.

Can the NETmundial Grow Teeth?

The NETmundial is a one-off event, with no legal framework to hold anyone accountable to its outcomes -- so what exactly are we all doing here?

#NETmundial2014: Activists Scrutinize Brazil's New “Bill of Rights” for the Internet

Brazil's landmark rights-protective Internet bill has now become law -- yet some activists feel that human rights protections have become diluted in the current text.

Brazil Scores Before “the Internet World Cup” Begins: Marco Civil Approved by the Senate

Last night, Brazil's Senate approved the landmark Marco Civil law, just hours before the start of the highly anticipated Internet governance meeting, the NETmundial.

Mexico City: Citizens Take to Streets Against #LeyTelecom

In Mexico, demonstrators came out in favor of a public Internet that upholds net neutrality and freedom of expression.

NETmundial 101: The Run-Up to the Internet World Cup

The NETmundial global Internet governance meeting is just days away. Despite much anticipation of the meeting following the Snowden revelations, many remain skeptical of what it will accomplish.

Netizen Report: Zambian Government Nixes Internet-Friendly Constitution

This week we look at threats to media workers in Myanmar, a win for file sharing in Spain, and the curious new geography of Crimea, according to GoogleMaps.ru.

Tunisian Blog Launches Whistleblowing Platform

Tunisian award-winning collective blog Nawaat has launched its own whistle-blowing platform: Nawaat Leaks.

Myanmar Media Workers Protest Persecution With “Blackout”

Myanmar newspapers blacked-out their front pages to protest the jailing of journalists. Last week, journalist Zaw Pe was sentenced to one year in prison for "disrupting the work of a...

#FreeCiaxon: Detained Nigerian Twitter User Released

Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi was detained shortly after he posted a series of photos and eyewitness reports on an escape attempt by several members of the northern Nigeria-based Boko Haram.

Cambodia’s Cyber Bill Undermines Internet Freedom From Every Angle

Cambodian netizens and human rights groups are speaking out against the government’s anti-cybercrime bill, which could lead to harsh penalties for online criticism, stricter Internet regulation, and social media censorship.

Law 140: Eavesdropping on Lebanon

Lebanon’s Surveillance Law guarantees the right to privacy across all means of electronic communication -- unfortunately, authorities violate this law on a regular basis.

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