July, 2014

Stories from July, 2014

31 July 2014

#FreeZone9Bloggers: Today, We Tweet for Human Rights — and Human Beings

If convicted, they will find themselves in the company of at least eighteen other journalists who have suffered the same fate. All remain in prison today.

30 July 2014

Spain on a Downward Spiral? New Law May Destroy the Digital Commons

Linking is what made the Web what is today -- restricting this function poses a threat to the very nature of the open Internet.

Netizen Report: Colombian Scholar May Face Prison Thanks to Free Trade Copyright Reforms

This week, Colombia's free trade agreement with the US backfires for free expression, bloggers unite to support the jailed Zone9ers in Ethiopia, and Spain’s Google tax is back in business.

Tajik Blogger: “We Must Prove our Professionalism and Close the Case Against Alexander Sodiqov”

Global Voices community member Alexander Sodiqov has been released from jail, but still faces wrongful charges of treason. This blogger - his former student - hopes for Alexander's swift release.

29 July 2014

China Monitors the Internet and the Public Pays the Bill

Experts say the billion-yuan “stability maintenance industry” is designed to help the government tighten its grip over public opinion online -- and to turn a profit.

Leaked Cybercrime Law Could Undo Tunisia's Pioneer Status on Internet Rights

Government officials renew calls for filtering and monitoring of the Internet under the pretext of "fighting terrorism" -- could this mean the end of Tunisia's Internet rights renaissance?

28 July 2014

The World Tweets for Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers on July 31

Join Global Voices bloggers for a worldwide, multilingual tweetathon in support of the ten bloggers and journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia.

Twitter “Blocks” Access to Russia's Most Infamous Hackers

Russia's Twitter users no longer have access to @b0ltai, an account belonging to a hacker collective that has leaked several Kremlin documents to the Internet over the past 7 months.

24 July 2014

Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles to Crack the Tor Network

Although unlikely, should Russia’s decryption project succeed, it could endanger millions of Internet users whose interest in online anonymity is far from nefarious.

Israel Struggles to Win “Hearts and Minds” in Media War on Palestine

Israeli social media strategist Niv Calderon is waging a war of words on Palestine. “There is a media war, and each citizen, each computer user, is a soldier,” he says.

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