· June, 2020

Stories about Human Rights from June, 2020

India's digital ID system deepens exclusion of vulnerable communities amid pandemic

The use of Aadhaar-based authentication makes exclusions more likely.

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Philippines media faces ‘eternal threat of punishment’ after cyber libel convictions

"If we can’t hold power to account, we can’t do anything," Rappler CEO Maria Ressa said after her conviction.

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

Malaysia’s new government probes journalists, critics despite free speech pledge

Civic groups argue that the Communications and Multimedia Act is being wielded as a weapon against free speech.

Censorship tactics overshadow Vietnam's successful COVID-19 response

Dinh Thi Thu Thuy faces from five to 12 years in jail if she is convicted for disseminating critical Facebook posts.

Internet shutdowns in Sudan: The story behind the numbers and statistics

In the last several years, Sudan experienced two major internet shutdowns that seriously prohibited basic communication and exchange during politically charged periods, causing exponential losses and risks.

Silicon Valley tech giants race to build Africa's internet infrastructure. Should Africa worry?

Google and Facebook are building undersea internet cables for Africans with access to high-speed internet — but 33 nations in Africa still don't have comprehensive data privacy laws.

‘A possible violation’: Mexico's biggest telecommunications operator is blocking Tor network

The Tor network is a free and open-source software used throughout the world by those who wish to exercise their freedom of expression and information while maintaining their privacy and anonymity.

Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to curb critical voices

In mid-May, Twitter, Zoom and Persicope were either blocked or throttled across Pakistan. Activists say the move was meant to target a few web conferences on human rights issues.

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