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Netizen Report: China's New Cybersecurity Law Hardcodes Surveillance Practices Into Law (And Technology)

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Polls Open Amid Communications Blackout in The Gambia

The Gambia has shut off all external communications as citizens cast their votes in the country's presidential elections, by blocking both the internet and international phone calls.

Award-Winning Chinese Citizen News Site Founder Detained Amid Crackdown on Human Right Defenders

The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained in what one human rights organization is calling "the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on civil society."

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

Experts Cast Doubt on Tunisia’s Biometric Identification Bill

Digital rights advocates and Tunisia's Data Protection Authority are voicing concern about the bill. At present, Tunisia does not require government authorities to obtain court approval before accessing citizen data.

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

Complaint of Moldy Buns Triggers Wave of Harassment at Chinese University

A student was forced to make a public apology after accusing his school cafeteria of selling moldy buns. He has now left Weibo, after receiving a flood of harassing comments.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

Porn Customers Have a Right to Privacy — But Who's Looking Out For Them?

Violations to privacy rights expose not only the personal data of adult sites' users but the cracks of legal systems unable to protect customers of such websites.

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