· May, 2015

Stories about Law from May, 2015

28 May 2015

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

27 May 2015

Digital Citizen 3.0

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

26 May 2015

Dear Ukrainian Officials: Russian Security Services Thank You for Your Cooperation!

A group of journalists pulled a prank on Ukrainian officials who use Russian email services, alerting them to the dangers of careless information security policies.

22 May 2015

Human Rights Lawyer's Indictment Marks the Beginning of a ‘Weibo Inquisition’ in China

Pu Zhiqiang was indicted on charges of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking a disturbance." The case against him is based on about 30 online postings he wrote.

19 May 2015

Lost in the Web: Navigating the Legal Maze Online

Media lawyer and human rights expert Nani Jansen gives an overview of censorship and online speech regulation across the globe.

15 May 2015

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet

A Bahrain court today upheld a six-month sentence for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab over a tweet. Rajab is already in custody under investigation for other tweets.

13 May 2015

Hong Kong Citizens Want Legal Protections for Their Metadata

Should government agencies really be able to look at Hong Kongers' telephone metadata without any oversight from the courts?

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

8 May 2015

Singapore Shuts Down News Website on World Press Freedom Day

"The (government's) draconian measures...legitimize excessive intervention by the state and set a precedent for the diminution of our online space."

4 May 2015

Hong Kong Civic Groups Demand Legal Protections Against Mobile App Surveillance

Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates fear that police have been monitoring instant messages and chat apps with no government oversight.