Stories about Tech & Tools from October, 2016

26 October 2016

Morocco Unblocks VoIP Applications Ahead of UN Climate Conference

"To avoid being seen as a police state during the #COP22, Morocco temporarily unblocks VoIP services," tweeted one user.

Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’

The report describes using VPNs as an indicator of criminality, or a “pre-criminal” behavior, perhaps a harbinger of tighter restrictions to come.

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

12 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

10 October 2016

Reality, Conspiracy and the US ‘Internet Freedom’ Agenda: Deconstructing Iran's Case Against Nizar Zakka

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison by Iranian for leading U.S. funded projects in Iran. We deconstruct this situation.

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

7 October 2016

Bangladesh Introduces ‘Smart’ National Identity Cards

Collecting massive amounts of personal and biometric data opens up thorny issues around security and surveillance. As the database is built up, who will gain access to it?

6 October 2016

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

3 October 2016

Help End the Imprisonment of Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour

Saeed Malekpour was arrested and jailed in 2008 over someone else's use of his open source code to upload pornographic material to the Internet.

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