January, 2016

Stories from January, 2016

Russian LGBT Activist Fined for ‘Propaganda of Homosexuality’ Online

LGBT activist Sergey Alekseenko was accused of "gay propaganda" after posting a quote from a state regulator's report describing another LGBT community on social media.

‘Hands Off Our Privacy': Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

Poland's parliament is considering a surveillance law that would give authorities fast access to citizens' Internet and telecommunication usage data without prior approval from a judge.

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

Netizen Report: Egyptian Activists and Authorities Brace for January 25 Protests

Egyptian activists confront rising tensions approaching the 5th anniversary of the 2011 revolution, Morocco is blocking VoIP apps and China unveils a new assault on circumvention tools.

China is Blocking Circumvention Tools With Help of Cloud Service Providers

Experts estimate that between 1% and 3% of China's internet users are using circumvention tool to visit overseas websites. But this could change with new restrictions.

Arrrrrr! Putin's New Internet Advisor Tied to Online Piracy

Vladimir Putin's new Internet advisor is known as a hardliner against foreign online resources that break Russian law. Now German Klimenko has been tied to a questionable torrent tracker.

Russian Blogger Shipilov Granted Political Asylum in Ukraine

Dmitry Shipilov, a Russian journalist and blogger sentenced to community service for insulting the governor of Kemerovo region on his blog, has been granted political asylum in Ukraine.

Moroccans Protest Ban of VoIP Calls, Including Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook and Skype

Moroccans have decided to boycott telecom companies for blocking VoIP services to teach them a lesson. Do such boycotts work?

Ukrainian Separatists Block 100+ News Websites in ‘Lugansk People’s Republic’

News websites in the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" are being censored as separatist authorities seek to minimize the "destabilizing" influence of the Ukrainian media.

Printers Censor Another New York Times Article, Shedding Light on Pakistan's Stifled Speech Environment

"...this blank space in the newspaper speaks volumes about the conditions under which we live and write in Pakistan today."

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