February, 2017

Stories from February, 2017

23 February 2017

Netizen Report: How Private is Our Email? Riseup Users Want to Know.

New malware targets Iranian mac users, Facebook discloses some information about data-sharing with advertisers, and Cameroon’s regional Internet shutdown could cost the country millions.

Russia's Censor Suddenly Wants to Know More About Channels on Telegram

With help from a Putin-launched political movement, Russia's federal censor met on Tuesday behind closed doors with the authors of several popular Telegram channels. And nobody knows why.

21 February 2017

Privacy is Hard to Protect in Tunisia, Thanks to Politics

Almost six years after the regime's ousting, and despite having a constitution that grants all citizens the right to privacy, Tunisia's privacy law still do not meet international standards.

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

Free Expression is Under Fire as Venezuela Takes CNN Spanish Off Air

CNN broadcasts will now be freely available on YouTube. But how much impact will this have in the country with one of the slowest Internet connections in the region?

20 February 2017

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

18 February 2017

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

16 February 2017

Netizen Report: In Kenya and Mexico, Citizens Suspect State Manipulation on Twitter

As social manipulation abounds on Twitter, Venezuela blocks more news websites, and Facebook heads to France to fight fake news.

15 February 2017

Kenyan Government Allegedly Pays Social Media Influencers to Promote “GreedyDoctors” Hashtag

As allegations of social media manipulation surfaced, seven Kenyan Doctor’s Union officials were jailed for failing to call off an ongoing strike.

Battle of the Hashtags: Mapping the Online Conversation Surrounding Mexico's Gas Prices

In the wake of protests following Mexico's hike in gas prices, social media has become a battlefield over the propagation of false stories.