· February, 2014

Stories about Law from February, 2014

27 February 2014

“Google Tax” Threatens Spain's News Aggregators

The Spanish government is reviewing a new intellectual property bill, an extension of the so-called Sinde law, which restricts the use of links and citations of publications.

Draft Media Law Could Bring Censorship to East Timor

Local media groups are rejecting a draft media law in East Timor that contains provisions that threaten free expression and media workers' rights.

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?

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

17 February 2014

Algerian Cartoonist Faces 18 Months in Jail for Mocking President

Djamel Ghanem faces prison for an unpublished cartoon in which he used an image of baby diapers to mock Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

15 February 2014

Venezuela: Twitter Photos Blocked as Protests Continue

As protests escalate, Internet users throughout Venezuela are reporting trouble accessing websites and multimedia content on Twitter. Most problems appear to be occuring on CANTV, the state-owned ISP.

13 February 2014

Two Million Mobile SIM Cards Deactivated in Zambia

Zambians who failed to register their SIM cards are now facing dead air -- journalists and opposition party leaders say the deactivations are a violation of citizens' privacy and communication...

11 February 2014

February 11: Activists Say No to “Cyber Martial Law”, Digital Surveillance in Philippines

On Feburary 11, Filipino activists and netizen groups renewed their opposition to the anti-cybercrime law which they described as a "dangerous measure that would legitimize cyber martial law in the...