October, 2015

Stories from October, 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year behind bars for his activism. Netizens are calling for his freedom on the first anniversary of his imprisonment.

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

Ukraine's New Banned Websites Registry: Security Measure or Censorship Tool?

Ukraine's new cyberpolice say they want to protect Ukrainians online, but a banned websites registry is causing Internet users to worry about adverse effects on free expression.

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

The US is No ‘Safe Harbor’ for Citizens’ Data

The European Court of Justice struck down the data transfer agreement between the EU and the US. Privacy advocates are smiling while US tech companies are unsure of what's next.

Chinese Nationalist ‘Hawks’ Form Online Volunteer Army Against ‘Enemy Forces’

In addition to the Chinese Communist Youth League's online civilization volunteers, the right-wing nationalists are also self-organized, creating a online volunteer army to promote their ideas and silence critics.

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

According to the state, both men have violated Section 16 of Cybercrimes Act, which prohibits "publication of false information." Little more is currently known about their cases.

Global Voices Welcomes the Release of Zone9 Bloggers, Pledges to Keep Fighting for Free Expression in Ethiopia

"Supporters have built incredible momentum around the #FreeZone9Bloggers hashtag. Let's use this to keep moving forward, pushing to protect human rights in Ethiopia and around the world."

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

Netizen Report: #TakeBacktheTech Campaign Stands Up to Online Misogyny (and Misinformation)

Trolls attack open Internet advocates, Egypt books a Facebook user for putting Mickey Mouse ears on President Sisi, and a Myanmar activist goes to trial for mocking the military wardrobe.

Myanmar Activist Faces 5 Years in Jail for Facebook Post Mocking Army Uniform

The Facebook post compared the color of the army's new uniform to a traditional dress worn by opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Egyptian Facebook User Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Putting Mickey Mouse Ears on Sisi

Egyptian Facebook user Amr Nohan has been sentenced to three years in prison by a military court for adding Mickey Mouse ears to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's image.

Rethinking Criticisms Levelled at Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace

In a follow up to the ICHRI piece, Small Media reacts to that report, with their own observations on the recent changes to Iran's Internet policy.

Stopped and Frisked by Facebook: ‘Real Name’ Policy Puts Speech Before Privacy

Facebook has a long way to go before they can fully appreciate the responsibility they carry when they decide to dictate what and who is "real" in the world.

Arrest and Prison Time for Journalists and Bloggers over Facebook Posts in Lebanon

Two Lebanese Facebook users found themselves sentenced to prison for posts they wrote on the social networking site.

Netizen Report: Is Egypt Blocking Voice Calls on WhatsApp and Skype?

Lebanon arrests two over Facebook posts, Venezuela blocks Bitcoin sites in crusade against foreign currency, and the EU takes 'Safe Harbor' away from US tech companies.

Kabul Taxi is Blocked on Facebook. Long Live Kabul Taxi!

Facebook and the government of Afghanistan combined to put the breaks on a popular online vehicle for political satire. But public demand for more is insatiable.

Turkey Puts a Gun to the Media's Head in Lead-up to Elections

Information campaigns and physical intimidation that once targeted Kurdish and leftist media are now being aimed at major media outlets of all kinds.

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