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Fact-Checking the Hype Surrounding FireChat in Hong Kong's Protests

Pro-democracy protesters downloaded smartphone chat app FireChat in droves amid rumors of an Internet shutdown. In the rush to cover the phenomenon, media outlets got some things wrong.

Intel Shuts Down Its Russian-Language Developer Forums

Intel's decision could create an important precedent, showing how easily new RuNet regulations spill into seemingly innocuous blogging activities.

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of "inciting hatred and violence" for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte.

Indian Netizens Criticize Online Censorship of “Jihadi” Content

Indian netizens are speaking out against censorship in the face of government blocks on Github, Internet Archive, Vimeo, Sourceforge and other popular sites.

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges

Although plans are now on hold due to regulatory restrictions, advocates worry that the company may yet find a way impose the fee increase.

New Protest Facebook Page Already in Place as Kremlin Moves Navalny Verdict Forward

As thousands of Russians joined a January 15 protest against the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Navalny, the court suddenly moved the verdict announcement to tomorrow, December 30.

Navalny Protest Rally Facebook Event Page Blocked in Russia

Just one day after supporters of Putin critic Alexey Navalny set up a Facebook event page for a protest rally in his support, the page has been blocked in Russia.

The Russian Internet is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make it Even Worse.

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan

A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.

What Does Japan’s State Secrecy Act Mean for Free Expression?

Japan’s controversial State Secrecy Act became law on Wednesday, December 10. The law imposes strict penalties on leakers of state secrets.

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