· February, 2014

Stories about Human Rights from February, 2014

28 February 2014

Photos: A Message to the World from #AB14

Photographer and human rights advocate Amer Sweidan took a series of portraits at last month's Arab Bloggers Meeting. In this brief essay, he describes the collaborative process of the project.

27 February 2014

#AB14: If I speak out, will I be punished for it?

Focusing on policies for the digital realm seems strange in a region where dissent and even fact-based reporting, whether they happen online or offline, so often have profound real-life consequences.

26 February 2014

Hong Kong Police Made Thousands of Personal Data Requests With No Judicial Oversight

In 2013, the Hong Kong Police Force made 7,462 requests for user data under the pretext of "crime investigation", yet the process was not monitored by any judicial bodies.

Digital Surveillance in Angola and Other “Less Important” African Countries

Detection of malware in Africa's largest countries seems to be of ongoing interest to researchers. But what about those countries that are "less important" on the global stage?

22 February 2014

Venezuela: The Internet Goes Dark in Táchira

"In Táchira we're without Internet, water, light, food, gasoline..." Live tweeting from what many are calling the "militarized" state of Táchira, where the currently raging protests began.

21 February 2014

Xu Zhiyong and the Long Road for China's Human Rights Activists

Oiwan Lam argues that the conviction of human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, a pioneer of civic organizing online, is emblematic of the new era of government repression towards Chinese activists.

19 February 2014

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Cyber Libel Law

The Philippine Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of an online libel policy, disappointing and angering media freedom advocates

18 February 2014

Collecting Data About Possible Web Censorship in Venezuela

Global Voices authors are crowdsourcing information about web blocking Venezuela -- and they need your help!

17 February 2014

Sudan: Blogger Remains in Detention for Criticizing Presidents

Tajeldin Arja was arrested at a press conference last December, after he criticized the Sudanese and Chadian Presidents for their actions surrounding the conflict in Darfur.

14 February 2014

Love in the Time of Code Era: A Poem About Secure Communication

"It's been a year you first whispered in my ear that PGP is of no use anymore."