May, 2015

Stories from May, 2015

Advoxers Talk About Tech, Privacy, and Security with Tor

What exactly is the Tor network? How does it work? Global Voices’ Iran editor Mahsa Alimardani talks with Iranian Tor developer Nima Fatemi and Tor’s Director of Communications, Kate Krauss.

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

Digital Citizen 3.0

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

New Messaging App by Iran's Basij Militia Gives State Access to All Conversations

A new messaging application has been introduced in Iran by the Basij militia. The app will use servers owned and controlled by the Basij, allowing for easy access to and...

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

Dear Ukrainian Officials: Russian Security Services Thank You for Your Cooperation!

A group of journalists pulled a prank on Ukrainian officials who use Russian email services, alerting them to the dangers of careless information security policies.

Leaked Emails Reveal Details of China's Online ‘Youth Civilization Volunteers’

'Speak out in a timely way and positively guide mistaken opinions and thoughts in order to grow mainstream thought and sentiment on the Internet.'

Netizen Report: Deconstructing Facebook’s Version of the Internet

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Facebook’s Internet.org project seeks to “give the unconnected majority...

Human Rights Lawyer's Indictment Marks the Beginning of a ‘Weibo Inquisition’ in China

Pu Zhiqiang was indicted on charges of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking a disturbance." The case against him is based on about 30 online postings he wrote.

Message to an Ethiopian Blogger: Mahlet Fantahun, You Are Not Alone

"Writing one single blog post is not going to bring Mahlet... out of Kaliti Prison. This is much rather about keeping the process going. Of not staying silent."

STATEMENT: Global Voices Calls for Safety of Bangladesh Bloggers

We condemn the recent murders of bloggers and call on authorities to ensure that those responsible for these killings are brought to justice.

Verdict Delayed in Detained Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani's Trial

Atena Farghadani was arrested over a cartoon she drew that depicts Iran's members of parliament as animals voting on law that will restrict access to contraception and criminalise voluntary sterilisation.

Russia Launches ‘Predictive System’ for Monitoring Protest Activity Online

The new Russian software will allegedly be able to spot preparations for protests online long before they happen, and could supply that information to law enforcement, academics and state officials.

The Media is the Message: E-Diplomacy in Egypt

Egyptian authorities today must figure out how to communicate effectively in the wake of four years of constant regime change.

Lost in the Web: Navigating the Legal Maze Online

Media lawyer and human rights expert Nani Jansen gives an overview of censorship and online speech regulation across the globe.

Atena Farghadani Goes on Trial Tomorrow in Iran for Her Cartoon About Access to Contraception

The cartoon that sparked her arrest depicts members of parliament as animals. She is charged with spreading propaganda against the system, insulting members of parliament and insulting the supreme leader.

Digital Citizen 2.9

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

Ethiopian Blogger Atnaf Berahane: Young, Courageous, and in Jail

This 26-year-old Ethiopian blogger's passion for free speech left him in chains.

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

PayPal Blocks Donations for Printing Boris Nemtsov’s Ukraine War Report

PayPal has informed the "Putin.War" report team the service cannot be used for "collecting funds to finance the activities of political parties or for political aims in Russia.”

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