Stories about Tech Industry

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

20 September 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

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

Evidence of Government Surveillance in Mexico Continues to Mount

Intrusive technologies used to intimidate and silence dissent continue to be used in Mexico.

15 September 2017

Netizen Report: Online Supporters of Myanmar's Rohingya Face Censorship, Legal Threats

Salvadoran journalists face violent threats on social media, Japanese activists stomp on hateful tweets and Chile doubles down on data retention.

14 September 2017

Twitter Tells Kashmiri Journalists and Activists That They Will Be Censored at Indian Government's Request

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

13 September 2017

China Makes Chat Group Administrators — i.e. Regular Users — Criminally Liable for Unlawful Messages

Chat group administrators are becoming a key human resource in China's internet control infrastructure.

11 September 2017

At Twitter's Tokyo Office, Protesters Stomp on Hateful Tweets

Demonstrators gathered outside Twitter Japan's Tokyo headquarters to demand that the company do more to rein in harassment and hate speech.

#PotongSteam: Malaysian Gamers Blast Blocking of Website Over ‘Fight of Gods’ Video Game

"First they come for (political posts), but I am not political. Then they come for the gamers..."

6 September 2017

On WhatsApp, Fake News is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

In Quest for ‘Ideological Security’, China Pushes to Extend Communist Party Influence Inside Tech Firms

Until recently, companies had no obligation to participate in Communist Party activities. But now informal political pressure to do so is getting stronger and stronger.