· July, 2012

Stories about Advocacy from July, 2012

Peru: Concerns Over Computer Crime Bill

Discussions have been held over the past year in the National Congress to draw up a computer crime bill. The bill has raised many questions, among them the fact that...

European Telco Proposal to ITU: A Threat to the Open Web?

A group of European telecommunications companies has made a proposal for global Internet regulation that could fundamentally alter the free flow of information online and undermine Internet neutrality. Parts of...

Netizen Report: Security Edition

This week's Netizen Report focuses on the theme of cybersecurity. We begin in Washington DC, where lawmakers have made promising amendments to the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2012. From there,...

Global Voices seeks Advocacy Director

  Global Voices seeks an Advocacy Director to run its online freedom of expression initiatives. Global Voices Advocacy seeks to build a global anti-censorship network of citizen media and online activists...

With Conviction of Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia Backslides Further

In this guest post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the recent sentencing of Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega is viewed in the context of Ethiopia's participation in the war on terrorism.

“Don't Fear the Internet”: Testimonials on Domain Names and Freedom of Expression

Domain names in Chile have become a battlefield over the right to freedom of expression. In this new video from the campaign “Don’t Fear the Internet”, NGO 'Derechos Digitales' highlights...

Mexico: Congress Resolves to Reject ACTA

On July 18, 2012, both the Senate and House of Representatives in Mexico passed resolutions calling for the country's new President, Enrique Peña Nieto, to nullify Mexico's signature on the...

Costa Rica: Cybercrime Law Threatens Internet Freedom

Costa Rica just passed Law 9048, which includes reforms to the country’s Criminal Code to create new cybercrime offenses, including rules against illegal access and interception of communications. Journalists and...

YouTube's New Face Blur Tool and What It Means for Activists Globally

This post was written by Sam Gregory, Program Director at WITNESS and originally appeared on the WITNESS  Video For Change blog, July 18, 2012. Yesterday, YouTube announced a new tool...

Netizen Report: Neutrality Edition

We begin this week’s Netizen Report with a battle between South Korea’s net neutrality advocates and telecommunications companies, who are at odds after the Korean Communications Commission allowed three domestic...

Mexico: The Government Signed ACTA While Mexicans Were Asleep

The Mexican government signed its adhesion to ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) on Wednesday, July 11th. 2012 in Japan while it was the middle of the night in Mexico. Netizens showed...

“Don’t Fear the Internet”: New Campaign About Freedom of Expression by NGO ‘Derechos Digitales’

Building on the momentum of the UN's recent decision to designate online freedom of expression a human right, the NGO “Derechos Digitales” (“Digital Rights”) recently launched the online campaign “No...

A Campaign for Syrian Bloggers

The number of citizen journalists and bloggers arrested in Syria rises daily. A new campaign--for blogger Hussein Ghrer--seeks to raise awareness of the blogger's plight.

A Declaration of Internet Freedom

Recently, a number of groups came together to create a Declaration of Internet Freedom. To date, the Declaration has been signed by more than 1300 organizations and companies and continues...

Netizen Report: Blackout Edition

This week we focus in on Russia, where the government has proposed a draft bill that would censor the Internet in ways similar to China's Great Firewall. Russia's Wikipedia went...

Syria Files: More Western technology for the Syrian regime

Western technology has played a key role in providing the Syrian regime with tools to track and repress citizens for years. The latest Wikileaks files on Syria, which include more...

Netizen Report: Journalism Edition

In this week's Netizen Report we highlight the growing role for citizen journalism in nations that are undergoing political unrest. We begin in Iraq and Syria, before moving to Mexico,...

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