Stories about Free Expression from October, 2014
Netizen Report: Hungarians Reject “Internet Tax” With Protests, Motherboards
This week, protesters reject the Internet tax in Hungary, Italian wonks cook up a new Internet bill of rights, and malware menaces use Ebola paranoia to their own gain.
Citizen Journalist Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico for Reporting on Organized Crime
María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio volunteered as a contributor with Valor por Tamaulipas (Courage for Tamaulipas), a citizen media platform that allows users to file anonymous reports on violence.
Building an Internet Fast Lane in Russia Could Be a Great Way to Stifle Independent Media
In Russia, where the online space for independent media is fast shrinking, the prospect of ending net neutrality and filtering Internet content poses significant dangers.
Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony
"We could not carry on surviving the hell of Maekelawi. We ended up telling our interrogators what they wanted to hear."
Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu
Original testimony from Befeqadu Hailu, one of four Global Voices members currently jailed in Ethiopia.
Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?
“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.
Netizen Report: Rafael Correa’s Crusade Against Critical Media, Online and Off
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.
The Invisible Violence of Cyber War in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution
Nearly all major pro-democracy organizing platforms and media sites have been knocked offline over the past ten days. And mainstream media hasn't said a word about it.
Hong Kong Protesters Shore Up Mobile Communications Tools in Face of Technical Threats
Activists and security experts are working together to determine which tech tools can help protesters -- and which ones can leave them in danger.
Fears of a Network Blackout Still Loom for Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters
Could Hong Kong really experience a mobile network shutdown? Officials say it's possible, but unlikely.
Bahrain's Prominent Human Rights Activist Arrested for Criticizing Police Defectors Who Joined ISIS
Bahrain's most prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab is back in jail for his tweets, for the third time.
Cute Cat Theory in Action: Despite Drought, Iranian Users Take the Ice Bucket Challenge
Are Iranians really more consumed by Facebook likes and online attention than they are with tangible problems within their own country? If so, they're not alone.