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An interview with media scholar Rose Luqiu about WeChat and techno-nationalism

"A major factor is censorship or 'coerced loyalty.' As other communication tools like Facebook and Twitter are unavailable in China. WeChat has a very special [monopoly] status in China."

Myanmar rappers express rage and resistance against the military regime

"Myanmar hip hop will never be silenced. We come together, not because we are the same but because we are united as one."

Legislating repression: Libya’s new cybercrime law

"The timing of promulgation, with presidential elections just around the corner, has left many people wondering about the purpose behind such a move."

Global Voices seeks country-level researchers for our Advox project

Advox, the digital rights initiative of Global Voices, is seeking country-level researchers to contribute to a project about networked societies and authoritarianism.

Disparity in the data collection policies of some pan-African firms in Uganda raises privacy concerns

The Unwanted Witness report revealed that most of the personal data collected online violates privacy rights, with no regards for the safety and dignity of citizens.

Global Voices seeks a project editor/coordinator for our Advox Project

Advox, the digital rights initiative of Global Voices, is seeking a project editor/coordinator to support the implementation of Advox projects and the Advox programme generally.

In Turkey, 30 people face investigation over social media posts that ‘insulted the president’

When the hashtag #ölmüş (is said to be dead) started trending on November 3, it took only a few hours for the General Directorate of Security to take action.

Indonesian court allows internet blocking amid social unrest

"We [are] worried the Indonesia government will implement more Internet restrictions based on this Constitutional Court decision that not follow or address human rights standards like their previous actions."

Behind the success of the Kenyan Twitter disinformation campaign to discredit the Pandora Papers

Kenya’s disinformation industry successfully manipulated Twitter’s trending algorithm to attack the Pandora Papers and protect President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose family was implicated in the exposé.

#HandsOffOurLibraries: Scholars protest removal of ‘subversive’ books from Philippine universities

"An attack on the library is an attack on the very heart of the University itself."

Belarus authorities block access to more independent media added to extremist list

The websites of Deutsche Welle, Current Time and the employees and readers of BelsatTV and NEXTA are the latest targets in Belarus' ongoing crackdown on independent media and free expression.

Turkey: new report highlights the extent of censorship online

A new report explains how a series of amendments made to Turkish law No. 5651 will have a "burning and destructive effect" on freedom of expression in Turkey.

Thai protesters demand the abolition of royal defamation law

"We believe it would be better to live in a society where people are not imprisoned for simply expressing their political opinions, for demanding a better society..."

Singapore's new law against ‘foreign interference’ threatens to undermine free speech

"The solution should never be to simply give the government more and more and more broad discretionary powers that can be used against citizens ..."

Hong Kong to ban films and punish unauthorized screenings on grounds of ‘national security’

An inspector authorized by the censorship agency may also enter and search premises without a warrant when they are trying to halt an unauthorized film screening or publication.

“Hong Kong, add oil” is censored as Pro-Beijingers associate the expression with sedition

"This paranoia says nothing but weakness. Changing shirts and covering up tattoos are easy things to do. Changing hears and minds? Forget about it."

Cats, crows and planet Earth: drawings by Belarusian political prisoners

Drawings sent to friends and family by Belarusian political prisoners, detained in a crackdown after the 2020 elections, provide an insight into their lives.

News site founders, editor resign under pressure from Kazakhstan's authorities

A sophisticated attack on Hola News's website kept it down for 10 days. The core team then abandoned the project, citing pressure from the authorities.

Bangladesh’s upcoming Data Protection Act may suppress, not protect, citizens rights

Analysts fear that a proposed data protection act in Bangladesh contains some loopholes including the indemnification of government agencies, which could be weaponized like the existing controversial Digital Security Act...

Taiwan: Deepfake pornographic video victims call for new laws against sexual violence in cyberspace

Taiwan's recent arrest of popular YouTuber Xiao Yu, Zhu Yuchen, for allegedly selling deepfake pornographic videos of public figures has drawn public attention to artificial intelligence (AI) crimes.

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