Stories about Censorship from October, 2014
Iyad El-Baghdadi, who played a key role in social media activism around the Arab uprisings, was deported from the UAE April. Until last week, little was known of his fate.
The move to forbid ISIS’s media content joins a trend of growing Internet surveillance and censorship in Russia, but the feasibility of weakening ISIS by targeting social media is questionable.
Users with similar names and similarly scant Internet histories have made intellectual rights claims against two YouTube videos that cast a negative light on presidential candidate Aécio Neves.
This week, Tweeps are under threat (and worse) in Latin America and Turkey, China’s anti-rumor campaign continues, and the secret about Whisper (it's not that safe) is out.
Since the beginning of the Umbrella Revolution, more than a dozen netizens in Hong Kong have been arrested and charged with "access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent."
Numerous Twitter users have been detained by Venezuelan police in recent weeks, all on accusations linking them to the assassination of Socialist Party Deputy Robert Serra.
The attack began on the eve of the election and managed to bring down the site just as polls closed and votes were being counted.
Hong Kong's Journalists Battle Self-Censorship, Intimidation and Police Violence to Report Umbrella Revolution
Four independent news sites issued a joint statement condemning police for intentionally attacking reporters. Reporters at other outlets have had to deal with management's self-censorship for fear of angering Beijing.
Governments in a growing list of nations have recognized that modern-day connectivity can prove a lethal challenge to their legitimacy and very existence.
With independent online media closing down or moving abroad, Russian bloggers may face even greater pressure from the Kremlin.
Netizen Report: From Egypt to the EU, Calls for Social Media Censorship in Name of National Security
This week we look at spying and mobile security from the UK to Bahrain, along with original testimony from an imprisoned member of Ethiopia's Zone9 blogging collective.
“These governments will take advantage from this directive. Powerful people will be able to hide disgraceful actions for their own e-reputation," says Tunisian Internet advocate Dhouha Ben Youssef.
GV Face: Alaa Abd El Fattah and Maryam Al Khawaja on Hunger Strikes, Jail-time, and Activism in Egypt and Bahrain
Hundreds of political prisoners are currently on hunger strike in Egypt and Bahrain.
This week's report looks at cyber attacks in Hong Kong, mass surveillance in Egypt and Colombia's upcoming "digital portfolio" system that will house all citizen data under one roof.
Protests persist in Hong Kong, Australia institutes Web-wide surveillance, and Egyptian and Saudi authorities prosecute gays (with the help of Grindr).