March, 2016

Stories from March, 2016

29 March 2016

Center for Monitoring Propaganda and Disinformation Online Set to Open in Russia

Russia already has agencies that oppose and respond to cyberattacks, but the center's creators say it would be the first of its kind, monitoring and preventing information attacks online.

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

#Justice4Morocco: Human Rights Defenders’ Trial Postponed Again

Among those charged is Hicham Khribchi aka Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time member of the Global Voices community.

China Shuts Down Communist Party News Site, Arrests 20 Over Call for Xi Jinping's Resignation

Though the letter was only online for a few hours, it is viewed as a direct challenge to Xi Jinping's leadership from party insiders.

Aliyev's Toys, or the Treatment of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

"Our hostage life is over. We are free now! I wish freedom to all our friends remaining behind bars."

23 March 2016

Netizen Report: Congo Shuts Down All Communications on Election Day

Bahrain court slams social media satirist in absentia, circumvention tools take another hit in Russia, and Facebook is off the hate speech hook in Germany (at least for now).

Yahoo Reports First Content Removal Requests from the Russian Government

This is the first time Yahoo has reported receiving Russian requests requests to remove user-generated content from services such as Flickr and Yahoo Groups.

22 March 2016

Indian Migrant Worker Arrested in Saudi Arabia For Denouncing Working Conditions on Facebook

"People stuck...in a country where they are treated worse than dogs, for years in very bad conditions, that's the reality 'necessary' for us to fuel our tanks. Infuriating and depressing."

21 March 2016

Netizens Mock Mark Zuckerberg's Love Affair with China

"Mark, you have six people in your running team. Did you apply for authorisation to run on the street? If not, this is illegal in China."

17 March 2016

Russia Plans to Fine Websites for ‘Propaganda’ of Circumvention Tools

The Kremlin is so worried about internet circumvention tools it now seeks to make mere mentions of them illegal and introduce fines for "propaganda" of ways to access blocked websites.