Stories from November, 2014
When Internet users in Iran try to access a blocked website, they're taken to www.peyvandha.ir. The page has changed throughout the years, reflecting the government's evolving approach to censorship.
"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."
While attendees at last week's World Internet Conference in China enjoyed relatively open Internet access, thousands of websites were blocked throughout much of the country.
Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.
A Facebook group claimed responsibility for hacking to death a university professor. After a few days of receiving abuse reports from users, Facebook took down the page.
As they increasingly use digital advocacy and communication tools to do their work, environmental rights defenders in Africa have become more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and online harassment.
This week, the UK and France set tough measures to censor extremist websites, India steps up porn blocking efforts, and WhatsApp gets hip to encryption.
A former inmate released from detention last month revealed that the activist blogger is being tortured in prison. Supporters in Vietnam and around the world are campaigning for his release.
Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.
It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.