Stories about Access

20 August 2019

Tonga threatens to ban Facebook over anti-monarchy posts

"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."

9 August 2019

Who turned off Moscow’s internet during recent protests?

Evidence suggests that law enforcement agencies pressured mobile network operators to get part of the capital offline for the duration of the protests.

19 July 2019

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future. 

28 June 2019

Netizen Report: Conflict triggers internet shutdowns in Mauritania, Myanmar and Ethiopia (again)

Struggles for political power in Myanmar, Mauritania and Ethiopia led to widespread shutdowns of internet services this week.

21 June 2019

Netizen Report: Lawyers seek court challenge against Ethio Telecom over internet shutdown

Pakistani bloggers face threats for online speech, Algeria shuts down social media and Indonesian police say they’re "cyber patrolling" WhatsApp.

15 June 2019

Indonesia’s post-election riots led to free speech violations

"While we understand the government’s intention to stop the distribution of false information and protect the public, the decision has also inadvertently restricted public’s access to factual information."

14 June 2019

Netizen Report: Amid demonstrations for democracy, Sudanese civilians face military violence — and internet shutdowns

From Kazakhstan to Khartoum to Hong Kong, protests brought internet shutdowns and online attacks this week.

27 May 2019

Right to Information: With its new law in place, will Ghana go the way of Nigeria?

Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.

10 May 2019

Netizen Report: Widespread throttling puts social media out of reach in Kazakhstan

Social media is faltering in Venezuela, throttled in Kazakhstan and back in action in Sri Lanka.

21 April 2019

Netizen Report: If protecting your privacy is ‘part of a conspiracy,’ then we’re all in big trouble

Digital privacy tools draw suspicion in the US and Ecuador, India tackles Tiktok, and a Chinese man learns that facial recognition works -- even while you’re sleeping.

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