July, 2018

Stories from July, 2018

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

9 July 2018

Chinese mobile phone cameras are not-so-secretly recording users’ activities

This design feature has given Chinese mobile users a tangible sense of exactly when and how they are being monitored.

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

6 July 2018

Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.

#NoToSocialMediaTax: Join Global Voices for a July 9 tweetathon against Uganda's social media tax

Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.

3 July 2018

Lebanese journalist sentenced to prison in absentia, for ‘defaming’ foreign minister on Facebook

From exile in the UK, Fidaa Itani says the sentence marks the end of an era for free expression in Lebanon.