Stories about Tech & Tools

21 June 2017

How the Mexican Government Puts Citizens Under Systematic Surveillance

Evidence shows that espionage tools have been used for years against Mexican activists, journalists and people who hold dissenting opinions or oppose the current government in some form.

19 June 2017

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

14 June 2017

Mirror Websites Are Helping Turkish Users Reconnect to Wikipedia

While the platform remains blocked, multiple "mirror" websites -- sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated -- have sprung up.

6 June 2017

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

2 June 2017

Facebook Bans Racist Word ‘Kalar’ in Myanmar, Triggers Collateral Censorship

"I made a post telling my friends [that] the word is banned. Ironically, my post was removed and I was banned from liking, posting, and sharing content for 24 hours."

1 June 2017

Netizen Report: In ‘State of Emergency’, Internet Shutdowns Leave Ethiopians and Venezuelans Struggling to Connect

Ethiopia' shut down the Internet, Egypt censored 21 news websites, Facebook 'mistakenly' blocked images honoring Tiananmen Square victims.

26 May 2017

Egypt Ups Systematic Efforts to Silence Independent Media

In an environment of persistent conflict, free and independent media that cover events in the public interest — not in the interests of politicians — is more important than ever.

22 May 2017

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

17 May 2017

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.

16 May 2017

Why is China Home to Half of the Computers Infected With WannaCry Ransomware?

Chinese computer users may be more vulnerable to the attack as many commonly use unlicensed (i.e. pirated) or outdated versions of Windows OS and thus do not receive security updates.

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