· October, 2016

Stories about Human Rights from October, 2016

28 October 2016

Hello Vodafone: What Does It Mean When a Global Telco Giant Enters Iran?

Vodafone's partnership with an Iranian telco is a welcome improvement to the local telecommunications market. But the potential for complicity between Vodafone and Iran's surveillance infrastructure is hard to ignore.

24 October 2016

Saudi Mobile Data Quality Provokes National Protest Against Bad Service

Saudi social media users are protesting against the nation's mobile network operators' bad service and the continued blocking of VoIP apps that are supposed to be available for free.

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

12 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

10 October 2016

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

6 October 2016

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

#FreeBassel: Missing for More Than a Year, Syrian Web Developer is Not Forgotten

October 3, 2016 marked the one-year anniversary since Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, disappeared from his prison cell in Syria.

5 October 2016

As Violence Escalates in Ethiopia, Zone9 and Other Prominent Bloggers Face New Legal Threats

Seyoum Teshome, a prominent member of the embattled community of Ethiopian online writers was arrested last Friday. Meanwhile, the Zone9 bloggers are scheduled to return to court on October 21.

4 October 2016

Venezuelan Government Jails Video Producers on Charges of ‘Instigating Rebellion’

A video intended to make the Venezuelan military reflect on the impact of their increasing power in Venezuela has landed its producers in jail.

3 October 2016

Help End the Imprisonment of Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour

Saeed Malekpour was arrested and jailed in 2008 over someone else's use of his open source code to upload pornographic material to the Internet.