· August, 2015

Stories about Law from August, 2015

Digital Citizen 3.5

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

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Plan to Block You Anyway

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

Did Wikipedia Just Outsmart Russia's Internet Blacklist?

Wikipedia is trying something new in the fight against Russian censorship, and it might actually work.

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

Russia Blocks Euronews ISIS Video Over ‘Extremist’ User Comment

Russian censors have blocked another YouTube video, although it did not violate any Russian laws. Instead, an offending user comment under the video caused Roscomnadzor to ban the page wholesale.

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, “Don't Cross the Line”

"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger Killed in 2015

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

Netizen Report: Wanna Comment on Social Media? Submit Your State ID First, Says Brazilian Deputy

While India's porn ban makes headlines, online harassment of Indian women has peaked. Meanwhile in Europe, Google balks at proposals to globalize the Right to Be Forgotten.

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