March, 2017

Stories from March, 2017

31 March 2017

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

30 March 2017

Global Inequality in Your Pocket: How Cheap Smartphones and Lax Policies Leave Us Vulnerable to Hacking

People who are poor, socially marginalized, and less tech-savvy bear the greatest risk of attacks via mobile phones.

28 March 2017

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

23 March 2017

Is Jamaica Preventing Cybercrime or Cyber Activism? The Tambourine Army Goes to Court

"Making threats through social media is a criminal offence, but making accusations is not. In interpreting the new act, the courts must ensure [...] the right to freedom of expression.”

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know.

A Brazilian blogger is forced to identify his sources, Iran cracks down on speech pre-election, and Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission hears testimony from bloggers persecuted under Ben Ali.

21 March 2017

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

20 March 2017

‘Those who tortured him [should] tell us the truth': Tunisian Commission Hears Net Freedom Testimonies From Dictatorship

The Truth and Dignity Commission is investigating rights abuses committed during the dictatorship era, including internet freedom violations.