Stories about Regulation

24 April 2018

Why did China take its own propaganda film offline? Netizens point to US tech sanctions

Netizens suspect that the film is being restricted due to new US sanctions against ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications hardware company.

19 April 2018

Netizen Report: Russia is blocking millions of IP addresses, all because of the Telegram #IPocalypse

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Will Singapore's plan to combat ‘deliberate online falsehoods’ stifle free speech?

"…the biggest threat to the stability and growth of the democratic process in Singapore is the government’s control of the media and information."

16 April 2018

As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

And as a year-long battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities ended with the decision to block the app, reaction to the announcement has been passionate and often derisive.

12 April 2018

Will Tanzanian Bloggers Pay Up or Push Back Against ‘Blogger Tax'?

In Tanzania, where media historically holds strong ties to government interests, blogging opened up possibilities for individuals to establish private news outlets that proved immensely powerful.

11 April 2018

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

No Laughing Matter: China Shuts Down Popular Joke-Sharing App

"A country, a government, a supervision department. They are all scared of a joke-sharing application."

6 April 2018

Indian Government Threatens to Revoke Media Accreditation Over ‘Fake News’

New federal guidelines in India which states that journalists can lose accreditation if found spreading "fake" or "uncomfortable" news raises an issue of media-surveillance.

17 March 2018

How a Viral Eye Roll Broke the Silence on China's Heavily Censored Web

"The rolling eyes are like a bolt of lightening that destroys tens of thousands expressions of praise and outshines speeches made by hundreds of thousands of brain-dead people."

23 February 2018

Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh

"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."