Stories about Regulation

What has Hong Kong lost one year after the National Security Law was enacted?

Hongkongers have lost the right to attend public protests and assemblies;  Apple Daily, Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy publication has been shut down; and numerous civic groups have been dissolved. 

Hong Kong digital news outlet Stand News removes articles and suspends subscriptions following Apple Daily closure

Pro-democracy digital news outlet Stand News has announced it will remove opinion articles it published before May and stop accepting donations to reduce risks under the national security law.

Laos social media task force: Will it target ‘fake news’ or censor online criticism?

"The reinforcement of social media platforms’ registration and severe control of online information are another reflection of the digital dictatorship in Laos."

Mexican registry for cell phone users sparks privacy concerns

"The creation of a similar registry was attempted in 2009, but the database ended up being leaked and for sale."

Twitter vs India: The battle of BJP and Congress over a ‘fake toolkit’ on COVID-19

Twitter expressed concern about the “use of intimidation tactics by the police” and “the potential threat to freedom of expression” for the Indian users.

Malaysia’s ‘fake news’ ordinance takes effect amid continuing concern over the COVID-19 state of emergency

"This ordinance strengthens the perception that the state of emergency we are currently in is a smokescreen to curb any form of criticism towards the government of the day."

Sierra Leone’s new cybercrime bill could turn a phone into a crime scene 

Sierra Leone’s cybercrime bill could turn a citizen’s smartphone into a crime scene at a moment’s notice. 

Turkey reins in social media—one platform at a time

The new social media law sets up a series of restrictions that will have a lasting impact on digital rights and freedom of expression in Turkey.

Hong Kong to launch real-name registration of mobile SIM cards

If the bill passes, mobile companies would have to set up a database with their subscribers' data, which they'd have to store for at least 12 months after the SIM...

In Tanzania, full-throttle COVID-19 denial leaves citizens without access to public health information

Since March 2020, the Tanzanian government has gone silent on the coronavirus with no data released to the public on infections or deaths.

Tunisia’s fight against COVID-19 unmasks shaky ground for digital rights

In Tunisia, local authorities have, throughout the pandemic, resorted to historical tricks by using vague, existing laws to curb freedom of expression and limit citizens’ rights to information.  

Lockdown to shutdown: How COVID-19 stifled digital rights in Zimbabwe

COVID-19 and its subsequent government policies have had far-reaching implications on digital rights and media freedom in Zimbabwe.

In Uganda, COVID-19 rules are ‘perfect instrument for criminalizing dissent’

In Uganda, increased criminalization of misinformation during the pandemic infringed on citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and access to information, especially targeting journalists and human rights activists.

In Pakistan, social media platforms risk bans under new ‘draconian’ rules

New rules vesting the government with the power to regulate online content and ban entire platforms drew criticism from human rights groups and tech companies.

Policing the digital frontiers: Is India weaponizing technology to silence civil society?

In the word's largest democracy, the targeting of human rights defenders through spyware poses a threat to fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and privacy.

Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

Despite the prevailing circumstance, but hopeful about the future, eight Global Voices contributors from six African countries discuss Internet freedom and how digital rights can be promoted in the continent.

Azerbaijani authorities disrupt internet nationwide amid Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

Access has been on and off since clashes broke out on September 27.

A Chinese city withdraws ‘civility code’ following online criticism

Suzhou – a Chinese city near Shanghai – launched a “civility code” in early September to rank citizens’ civility. As negative comments flooded in, the city called an end to...

In DR Congo, will new legislation protect citizens’ digital rights?

In Democratic Republic of Congo, a citizen movement is underway to reclaim digital rights that have been violated for years under a vague and outdated legislation.

In the age of misinformation, who holds the power to categorize the ‘truth'? 

Over time, the categorization of information can result in the dominance of a single world view, making platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google the central arbiters of truth. 

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