April, 2015

Stories from April, 2015

A Year After Their Arrest, Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Remain Strong and Determined

"It is eery the degree to which the bloggers seemed to anticipate their current fate."

“Take the Right Side in the Struggle of the Oppressed”: A Letter to John Kerry from Kilinto Prison, Ethiopia

In a letter to John Kerry, jailed Ethiopian blogger Natnael Feleke writes: "Because of the repressive regime, the Ethiopian constitution is powerless to protect citizens from being abused."

In Taiwan and on Facebook, the Nipple is Not Yet Free

"Before we label it as "indecent" and "obscene", a body is just a body, a part of the human self." Taiwanese women speak up for the #FreeTheNipple campaign.

Angola: Award-Winning Journalist Faces Trial Over ‘Blood Diamonds’ Investigation

Jonathan McCully contributed to this report. Last month, Rafael Marques de Morais was awarded the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism for his “impactful, original, and unwavering investigative...

Ellery Biddle is Global Voices’ New Advocacy Director

Announcing Global Voices' new Advocacy Director!

Netizen Report: The Spring of Cybercrime Laws

Cybercrime laws are popping up around the world, from Egypt to Pakistan to Tanzania. Meanwhile, China has outlawed politically controversial avatars and Indian companies are snubbing Facebook.

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"

Vietnamese Netizens Are Getting Bolder Online, Despite Tough Laws

"Thanks to social media it has become possible and even trendsetting to publicly question the Communist Party’s legitimacy."

Protecting Personal Data in Argentina Is a Work in Progress

In an article for online magazine Digital Rights: Latin America & The Caribbean, No.21, Argentinean lawyer Valeria Milanés explains that even though the United States is a world leader in data processing, it...

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

How Blogging is Held Hostage by Ethiopian Politics

"Why is there just a single—and poorly functioning—Internet service provider for Ethiopia’s 90 million people? We know better than to ask this of public officials."

The Elephant at the Global Conference for Cyberspace

Last week, the Dutch capital of government, the Hague hosted “Cyberspace Week”, an international event intended to prioritize discussions about security, safety, and Internet policy at large. All the while, a giant...

Malaysian Cartoonist Vows to Continue Fighting Government Abuses Despite Sedition Charges

"I will not keep quiet. How can I be neutral, even my pen has a stand!"

Tanzania's Cyber Crime Bill Gives More Power to Police, Less to People

Leading opponents of the legislation from civil society say they will take the government to court if the president signs the bill into law.

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

More than 67,000 user accounts have been deleted due to a new rule that prohibits screen names and profile pictures that threaten national security, destroy ethnic unity, or defame others.

What Does Censoring Nude Art Say About Us and Our Social Networks?

This post is the first in a series exploring the different ways in which artists face censorship online. Our base will be the experience of Venezuelan artist Erika Ordisgotti.

Netizen Report: What if Tech Companies Cave to the Kremlin’s Data Demands?

Spring has sprung and lawsuits are in full bloom! New Zealand ISPs brace for legal challenges over VPNs and Facebook is facing multiple lawsuits concerning user privacy.

Digital Citizen 2.7

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

Google Denies Russian Media Claims on Data Localization Move

Google representatives have denied Russian media reports that Google was bowing to Russia's demands and moving to store Russian users' data on servers inside the country, calling them "inaccurate."

Iran's Minister of ICT Suggests Instagram Will Not Be (Completely) Blocked Until an Alternative Is Found

Iran's leading reformist newspaper, Shargh, ran an article this past Sunday entitled: “The promises of the Minister of ICT to clear the problems of mobile social media.” The focus of...

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