September, 2014

Stories from September, 2014

Digital Citizen 1.9

Digital Citizen is a monthly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Netizen Report: Turkey’s Telecom Authority Acquires Absolute Power Over Internet Content

While Turkey continues to chip away at online freedoms, LinkedIn reconsiders its contentious censorship deal with China, and the US government faces 800k comments on the proposed Internet "fast lane".

Nearly 70% of Young Iranians Use Illegal Internet Circumvention Tools

According to Iran’s list of Computer Crimes, the distribution of both circumvention technology and instructions to use such tools are both illegal. Violating these laws can result in severe punishment.

Was Popular Saint Lucia Blog Hateful or Just Outspoken?

The no-holds-barred, muckraking blog had become both notorious and controversial among people interested in local politics -- and then it was blocked, without warning.

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Released on Bail

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was released on bail today but the road to justice is a long and bumpy one, says netizens.

Who Says You Can Block Google? Chinese Citizen Sues Telco, Demands Answers

The Chinese government has a heavy hand when it comes to online content. But exactly which government authorities set Internet censorship policy? A citizen lawsuit against China Unicom seeks answers.

Global Voices’ Alexander Sodiqov Is Safe With His Family in Toronto, Canada

The wait is over. Alexander Sodiqov and family are back in Toronto after the Tajik government assented to a formal request to allow him to continue his academic work there.

Lebanon Blocks Six Porn Sites, Sparks Fears of Further Censorship

Internet users worry that the decision, made by the Ministry of Justice, could lead the government down a slippery slope to greater censorship.

Netizen Report: Social Media Sites Grapple with Pressure to Censor ISIS Content

Platforms struggle with tensions between censorship and security, a Chinese man sues his ISP over web blocking, and US Internet groups mimic the "site loading" button to promote net neutrality.

The Iranian Government is Blocking Unregistered News Sites

Iranian news sites that do comply with registration requirements will receive a government subsidy.

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