Stories about Access

12 December 2017

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

28 July 2017

Philippines: On Facebook's Free Version, Fake News is Even Harder to Spot

Free Basics' limitations leave poorer users at a loss, giving them less access to useful information -- and little capacity to determine whether news is reliable or not.

27 July 2017

Netizen Report: New Research Tests Facebook’s Digital ‘On Ramp’ for Developing Countries

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

Facebook’s Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data

Regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.

Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

A group of Global Voices contributors tested the Free Basics app in six countries across the globe this spring. Here's what we found in Ghana.

Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

New research by Global Voices tech and digital rights experts in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines exposes the ups and downs of Facebook's "Free Basics" app.

1 June 2017

Ethiopia Imposes Nationwide Internet Blackout

This blackout is broader in scope and scale than past ones, effectively eliminating Ethiopia from the map of the global Internet.

Netizen Report: In ‘State of Emergency’, Internet Shutdowns Leave Ethiopians and Venezuelans Struggling to Connect

Ethiopia' shut down the Internet, Egypt censored 21 news websites, Facebook 'mistakenly' blocked images honoring Tiananmen Square victims.

22 May 2017

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

17 May 2017

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.