Stories about Feature from April, 2014
Netizen Report: Ethiopia Cracks Down on Free Expression
This week we look the blogger crackdown in Ethiopia, #LeyTelecom protests in Mexico, and Russian tech companies' smug response to new regulations on blogs.
Julian Assange on Digital Sovereignty and Surveillance at #NETmundial2014
On a panel with Jacob Appelbaum, Sérgio Amadeu and other leaders in the field of digital security and privacy, Assange envisioned a citizen-led "redistribution of power."
NETmundial Closes With Thorny Issues Left Unaddressed
Reporting from Sao Paulo, Sarah Myers writes that for members of civil society, "the outcome was less a step forward for online rights than many had hoped."
Netizen Report: Pakistan’s Anti-Terror Ordinance May Endanger Online Speech
This week, Brazil kicks off the Internet world cup, activists in Algeria condemn online harassment, and Sina Weibo says censorship is bad for business.
#NETmundial2014: Does the Web Need a Magna Carta?
An all-star panel including Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, musician and former Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and Web We Want campaign lead Renata Avila discusses human rights and the Internet.
Can the NETmundial Grow Teeth?
The NETmundial is a one-off event, with no legal framework to hold anyone accountable to its outcomes -- so what exactly are we all doing here?
#NETmundial2014: Activists Scrutinize Brazil's New “Bill of Rights” for the Internet
Brazil's landmark rights-protective Internet bill has now become law -- yet some activists feel that human rights protections have become diluted in the current text.
Mexico City: Citizens Take to Streets Against #LeyTelecom
In Mexico, demonstrators came out in favor of a public Internet that upholds net neutrality and freedom of expression.
NETmundial 101: The Run-Up to the Internet World Cup
The NETmundial global Internet governance meeting is just days away. Despite much anticipation of the meeting following the Snowden revelations, many remain skeptical of what it will accomplish.
Tunisian Blog Launches Whistleblowing Platform
Tunisian award-winning collective blog Nawaat has launched its own whistle-blowing platform: Nawaat Leaks.
Law 140: Eavesdropping on Lebanon
Lebanon’s Surveillance Law guarantees the right to privacy across all means of electronic communication -- unfortunately, authorities violate this law on a regular basis.
Netizen Report: Battling “Annoying” and “Insulting” Emails in India, Mozambique
This week's Netizen Report looks at troublesome laws affecting speech in India, Mozambique, and Zambia, along with a proposed surveillance measure in Kosovo.
In Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Internet Blackouts Are Systematic
As the militarization of the North Sinai has left residents increasingly disconnected from Internet and mobile services, some citizens are working together to sue mobile service providers and demand a guarantee of service.
Spies Like US: “Fake Twitter” Violated Cubans’ Privacy Rights
ZunZuneo not only obtained mobile phone numbers for half a million Cubans without their knowledge or consent -- it also observed and analyzed (read: surveilled) their communications for "political tendencies."
Netizen Report: Telecom Reforms in Mexico Smack of Authoritarian Past
This week we look at Mexico's byzantine new telecommunications bill and at Costa Rica, where the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of media workers' rights to privacy.
Digital Citizen 1.5
Digital Citizen brings you the latest human rights and technology news from the Arab World. This edition looks at anti-terror measures in Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and beyond that could threaten free expression.
Teenage Bloggers in Bangladesh Arrested For ‘Blasphemous’ Facebook Posts
Fellow bloggers have accused an Islamist student organization of distributing false propaganda that rallied a mob against the two bloggers and led to their arrest.