May, 2017

Stories from May, 2017

31 May 2017

Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

Critics of the Aadhaar biometric ID system are being criticized by state agencies and trolled by anonymous handles on Twitter.

30 May 2017

Chinese Foreign Ministry Rebukes Student for Exalting Free Speech in Graduation Remarks

Foreign ministry officials are using Yang's speech to prove a recycled conspiracy about overseas Chinese students being contaminated by Western ideology.

26 May 2017

Egypt Ups Systematic Efforts to Silence Independent Media

In an environment of persistent conflict, free and independent media that cover events in the public interest — not in the interests of politicians — is more important than ever.

Ethiopian Protester Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars for Facebook Posts

The 30-year-old activist has been an outspoken opponent of government’s violent response to the popular protest movement. And he is not alone.

25 May 2017

Netizen Report: In India and Jamaica, Women Face Threats for Resisting Misogyny Online

In Malaysia and Azerbaijan, officials go after media for political coverage. Meanwhile, with major social media sites banned, Kashmiris have turned to local platform KashBook.

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

22 May 2017

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

‘No to Silence': Javier Valdez's Murder Highlights Persistent Perils for Mexican Journalists

Seven journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year. Since 2012, less than one percent of attacks on journalists have resulted in a criminal conviction.

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.