Stories about South-Asia

9 February 2016

“A Good Day for the Internet Everywhere”: India Bans Differential Data Pricing

Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority bans differential data pricing and Facebook's large plans for Free Basics come to an end.

21 January 2016

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

29 December 2015

Millions of Indians Slam Facebook's ‘Free Basics’ App

With two weeks of public advertisements, Facebook would have got the maximum opposition in India so far in rolling a free access to its products called Free Basics.

22 December 2015

Bangladesh Will Demand Biometric Data From All SIM Card Users

The scheme will create a massive database of citizens' communications data that could give the government unprecedented access to the mobile communications of Bangladeshi citizens.

14 December 2015

Bangladesh Unblocks All Social Media Services (For Now)

Contradictory statements from authorities have left many Bangladeshis wondering what was behind the ban on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and other major communications platforms.

3 December 2015

Netizen Report: ‘Terrorist Threat’ or Political Speech? States Target Social Media Post-Paris

Saudi threatens to sue anyone who compares its penal system to ISIS, China cuts mobile phone service for ethnic minorities and Google goes to bat for fair use.

1 December 2015

Bangladesh Keeps Blocking Social Media, Threatens New Surveillance Tactics

With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.

25 November 2015

With Messaging Apps Still Banned, Bangladeshis Turn to Tor (and Twitter)

It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.

31 October 2015

Bangladesh Book Publishers Suffer Fatal Attacks in Wake of Blogger Killings

Both publishers had ties with Bangladeshi-American blogger and author Avijit Roy, who was attacked and killed in February 2015.

8 October 2015

Stopped and Frisked by Facebook: ‘Real Name’ Policy Puts Speech Before Privacy

Facebook has a long way to go before they can fully appreciate the responsibility they carry when they decide to dictate what and who is "real" in the world.

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