· October, 2013

Stories about Free Expression from October, 2013

30 October 2013

Why Didn’t Arab ‘Civil Society’ Discuss Human Rights at IGF?

At IGF 2013, only one session was devoted to Internet policy issues in the Arab World. How is it that panelists at this session barely breathed a word about human...

22 October 2013

Rouhani’s Tweets Leave Users Wondering: Does Real Change Lie Ahead?

Iran's new president has become a regular Twitter user, despite the fact that the site, along with Facebook and countless other sites, remain blocked inside the country. Could this be...

21 October 2013

Ecuador's New Penal Code Would Violate Internet Privacy

Civil society organizations explain that the way Ecuador's new penal law is proposed, all telecommucations services will have to store the data and connection traffic of their users, despite the...

16 October 2013

Ethiopian Journalists Challenge Anti-Terrorism Law

Two independent online journalists have filed a complaint against Ethiopia at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. They are challenging the country’s abuse of its anti-terrorism law to...

15 October 2013

Internet and Statecraft: Brazil and the Future of Internet Governance

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to make Brazil an international pioneer for human rights online. Policy expert Carolina Rossini weighs in on what this could mean for the future...

Venezuela: Chavez Recording Hits the Web, Top-Level Domain is Blocked

On September 28 and 29, Venezuelan Twitter users reported that all .co domains and shortened urls were blocked on government-owned ISP, Cantv.

12 October 2013

GV Face: Fighting for an Open Internet in Brazil

This week on GV Face, Global Voices' weekly video hangout series, we talk with Brazil author Raphael Tsavkko, Internet policy expert Carolina Rossini and Joana Varon, an author of Brazil's...

11 October 2013

From Brazil to the World: the Marco Civil and Internet Governance

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivered a searing critique of US government surveillance programs at the UN this fall and presented Brazil as a leader in upholding human rights online. Will...

10 October 2013

“Lesbianism” and “War Games”: Russian Internet Censorship Continues

Russian website Looo.ch was presumably blocked for hosting an art project: two multimedia "textbooks" titled "Homosexuality for Children" and "Lesbianism for Children," which are meant to be a "satire of...

8 October 2013

Southeast Asia: Dictatorships Are Gone, But Censorship Hangs On

Both off and online, censorship is still enforced in several Southeast Asian countries through the use of draconian laws and strict media regulation.