January, 2015

Stories from January, 2015

25 January 2015

Hong Kongers Should Have the Right To Be Forgotten, Says HK Privacy Commissioner

Commissioner Chiang argues that concerns about the policy infringing on freedom of expression are "overblown".

23 January 2015

WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash

Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.

22 January 2015

Netizen Report: Venezuelans Question Disappearing Internet Service

This week's report begins in Venezuela, where Internet users reported an outage on the country's largest ISP for approximately 12 hours last Saturday.

17 January 2015

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

15 January 2015

Sketch Comic Faces Accusations of ‘Glorifying’ Terrorism in Spain

The day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, a Spanish judge summoned satirist Facu Díaz for questioning about a satirical sketch broadcast on his online TV show.

14 January 2015

Netizen Report: Post-Charlie Chilling Effects Take Shape Worldwide

This week, we look at reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attack from Russia, the UK and across the EU -- and the ramifications the attack could have for digital rights.

India and #GoIBlocks: A Lesson for ISPs When Facing Censorship Orders

If you operate an Internet Service Provider, you need to stand by your customers, protect their privacy and defend their freedom of access to information.

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

13 January 2015

Fact-Checking the Hype Surrounding FireChat in Hong Kong's Protests

Pro-democracy protesters downloaded smartphone chat app FireChat in droves amid rumors of an Internet shutdown. In the rush to cover the phenomenon, media outlets got some things wrong.

12 January 2015

Intel Shuts Down Its Russian-Language Developer Forums

Intel's decision could create an important precedent, showing how easily new RuNet regulations spill into seemingly innocuous blogging activities.