January, 2015

Stories from January, 2015

14 January 2015

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.

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of "inciting hatred and violence" for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte.

8 January 2015

Post-Umbrella Revolution's Politics Reflected in the Newly Launched Stand News

With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.

What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It's Not Just Religion)

Sentenced to death for his online writing, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is yet another victim of a repressive government using “apostasy” pretexts to crack down political speech.

Netizen Report: China Adds Yet Another Layer of Control to the Internet

In our first Netizen Report of 2015, we look at the latest on censorship in India, blogger persecution in Russia, and the Sony hack (it may not be what it...

7 January 2015

Chinese Police Are Buying Spyware — And Posting Their Purchase Orders Online

Netizens now can see exactly what surveillance tools police are using, and exactly how much they paid for them.

6 January 2015

Indian Netizens Criticize Online Censorship of “Jihadi” Content

Indian netizens are speaking out against censorship in the face of government blocks on Github, Internet Archive, Vimeo, Sourceforge and other popular sites.

5 January 2015

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