Stories about War & Conflict

30 December 2019

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

13 December 2019

Ethiopia: Stop hate speech, not free speech

Ethiopia's new hate speech bill aims to "tackle the erosion of the nation’s social cohesion, political stability and national unity." But digital rights advocates say it threatens democracy.

23 November 2019

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

18 October 2019

How Ethiopia's ruling coalition created a playbook for disinformation

Manipulation tactics used by Ethiopia's ruling coalition members against each other in their internal power struggle serve as a blueprint for opposition groups to attack their opponents and the government.

16 October 2019

India partially lifts communications blackout in Kashmir, internet still down

According to a recent report, Kashmiris are resisting the clampdowns and shutdowns imposed by the Indian Central Government “through satyagraha or non-violent civil disobedience”.

11 October 2019

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

4 September 2019

Bangladesh cuts access to mobile phone services for the Rohingya

The Bangladeshi government has ordered telecommunications companies to block cell phone access at Rohingya camps, on the pretext of protecting ‘national security.’

16 August 2019

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

19 July 2019

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future. 

24 June 2019

Myanmar disables internet access in conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin states

The government and operators did not specify when access to the internet will be restored.

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