Stories about Feature from September, 2014
Laos Joins Southeast Asian Neighbors in Imposing Stricter Internet Controls
The new law will criminalize online criticism of government policies and outlaw "Spreading information that distorts truth or tarnishes the dignity and rights of individuals, sectors, institutions and organizations."
Anton Nossik on the Coming End of Facebook, Twitter, and Google in Russia
Media expert and founding member of the Russian blogosphere Anton Nossik explains why he thinks the end is nigh in Russia for websites used by billions around the globe.
China Sentences Peaceful Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison
"I scream for our ethnic group, but I scream louder for China," Ilham Tohti said through his lawyer.
Netizen Report: Activist Repression and Electronic Witch Hunts in Bahrain
This week we look at mounting threats to digital activists in Bahrain and Iran, blogger crackdowns in Crimea, and surveillance in Singapore, FinSpy-style.
In Crimea, No Room for Blogger Liza Bogutskaya And Her Pro-Ukrainian Views
Liza Bogutskaya's outspokenness against what she sees as Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea has made her a favorite of pro-Ukrainians online and an enemy of the Russian state in Crimea.
Images of Horror: Who Decides What We See Online?
In a "cameras everywhere" world, we must pay close attention to the decisions platforms like YouTube that are often responsible for deciding what we see -- and what we don't.
CPJ Calls on Obama to Defend the Right to Report in the Digital Age
With more and more world governments targeting journalists with communications surveillance, the Committee to Protect Journalists is asking the Obama administration to clean up its act.
Netizen Report: Turkey’s Telecom Authority Acquires Absolute Power Over Internet Content
While Turkey continues to chip away at online freedoms, LinkedIn reconsiders its contentious censorship deal with China, and the US government faces 800k comments on the proposed Internet "fast lane".
Nearly 70% of Young Iranians Use Illegal Internet Circumvention Tools
According to Iran’s list of Computer Crimes, the distribution of both circumvention technology and instructions to use such tools are both illegal. Violating these laws can result in severe punishment.
Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Released on Bail
Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was released on bail today but the road to justice is a long and bumpy one, says netizens.
Netizen Report: Social Media Sites Grapple with Pressure to Censor ISIS Content
Platforms struggle with tensions between censorship and security, a Chinese man sues his ISP over web blocking, and US Internet groups mimic the "site loading" button to promote net neutrality.
“Anti-Selfie Bill” Breeds Discontent in the Philippines
A proposed bill in the Philippines would make it illegal to photograph anyone -- even public officials -- without their permission.
EXCLUSIVE: German Companies Are Selling Unlicensed Surveillance Technologies to Human Rights Violators – and Making Millions
Data analyzed by two leading researchers on surveillance and digital security technology suggests the majority of surveillance technologies produced by German companies have been bought and sold under the table.
Bahraini Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Denied Entry to Her Country, Goes On Hunger Strike
Bahraini human rights activists Maryam Al-Khawaja was denied entry to Bahrain upon her arrival at the airport. Now in detention, she has started a hunger strike.