· January, 2012

Stories about Advocacy from January, 2012

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Netizen Report: Uprising Edition

  27 January 2012

Netizens around the world took collective action with a mass Internet black out on January 18th to protest the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act. But that was not the only news in the global struggle for freedom and control on the Internet. In our latest twice-monthly report, we take a look at developments concerning netizen rights all over the world.

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New Book Proposes Open Internet Policies for Latin America

  26 January 2012

Last week, the Center for the Study of Free Expression (CELE) at Argentina’s University of Palermo released a book addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing Latin American digital rights advocates today, with contributions by leading policy experts from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.

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International Privacy Day: Fighting Data Retention Mandates Around the World

  25 January 2012

This January 28 marks International Privacy Day. Different countries around the world are celebrating this day with their own events. In EFF, we are calling on governments to repeal mandatory data retention schemes. Mandatory data retention harms individuals’ anonymity, which is crucial for whistle-blowers, investigators, journalists, and for political speech....

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Internet Blackout Day Fires Up Digital Rights Activism Around the World

  20 January 2012

Yesterday was a defining moment for the global Internet community. The effects of the massive online blackout in protest of U.S. Internet blacklist legislation, SOPA and PIPA, were felt around the world as countless websites joined in a global action against over-broad and poorly drafted copyright laws.

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U.S. Bills Could Threaten the Global Internet

  18 January 2012

At Global Voices, we understand that we, collectively, are the Internet. Our individual participation is what makes the Internet a global conversation of startling depth and variety, but this is possible only because of its open technical and legal structure. Unfortunately, there are powerful corporate and government forces who would...

Iran: Another blogger in jail

  17 January 2012

Hadi Nili says according to confirmed reports from Tehran, Parastoo Dokouhaki, Iranian blogger and journalist, is arrested by authorities. Parastoo is a women activist as well. She writes in her blog “Zan-Nevesht“and in its English version “The Remains of the Day“.

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Iran: Jailed Islamic Cleric and Blogger on Hunger Strike

  17 January 2012

In the last 33 years since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has been a kind of paradise for Islamic clerics who gained power and rule over the country. But not for all of them. Mohammad Sadegh (Arash) Honarvar Shojayi, a cleric and a blogger is one who is currently sharing the...

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Netizen Report: Celebration Edition

  12 January 2012

In our first edition of 2012, we take a look at the mounting challenges from all directions to online free expression, and celebrate the many ways in which netizens around the world are fighting back.

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Biometrics in Argentina: Mass Surveillance as a State Policy

  11 January 2012

Two years ago, the UK dismantled their national ID scheme and shredded their National Identity Registry in response to great public outcry over the privacy-invasive program. Unfortunately privacy protections have been less rosy elsewhere. In Argentina, the national ID fight was lost some time ago. A law enacted during the...

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The Arms Race Over The Internet Rages Onward – part 1

  9 January 2012

2011's Chaos Computer Congress (CCC) was on his 28th edition named “Behind Enemy Lines”. The 28C3, as it is called for shortness, was thus constituted by a myriad of talks and workshops discussing what is to be behind enemy lines. To put it clearly, this idiom is quite ambiguous: for repressive governments, the freedom fighters are the enemy, and vice and versa.

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Highlights from the 28th Chaos Communications Congress

  5 January 2012

The Chaos Communications Congress is the annual meetup of Germany's Chaos Computer Club, one of the oldest hacker collectives in the world. The programme mixes technical talks from the security and free software worlds with talks about online rights and hacktivism.

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