Stories about Netizen Report from September, 2012
This week's Netizen Report starts in Iran, which appears to have made major strides toward launching its own national Internet network. It's unclear as of yet what the network will look like, but some speculate it will be similar to China's Great Firewall.
This week's report begins with a discussion of Google's handling of the movie trailer 'Innocence of Muslims' on YouTube, which has sparked worldwide debate about the relationship between hate speech and free speech, and the interaction between national sovereignty and the exercise by Internet companies of a private sort of sorverignty over people's digital lives - with real world implications. From there, we move on to Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, China, the United States and beyond.
Our first edition of the MENA Netizen Report received an enthusiastic welcome from readers, demonstrating that this regionally-focused report fills an important gap. In addition to the usual sections, this month's edition contains a 'Worth reading' paragraph.
This week's report begins with Swedish-Finnish telecom TeliaSonera, which has faced criticism for its collaboration with authoritarian regimes in Tajikistan, Azerbaijian and other Eastern European and Central Asian countries. From there, we return to Jordan for an update on the #BlackoutJO protests. Then, we turn to Argentina, Brazil and beyond.
This first Latin America and the Caribbean Netizen Report focuses on legislation that affects the fundamental rights of Internet users in the region. In the last two months, the governments of various countries -Costa Rica, Peru, and Brazil, among others- have considered bills that affect freedom of speech, access to information, anonymity, and privacy online.
This week's report begins in Jordan, where Internet activists have staged a website blackout in protest of amendments to law that would require websites to obtain licenses and bear legal responsibility for user comments. From there, we move on to Ukraine, Gaza, Myanmar and beyond.