Stories about News from October, 2012
This week's Netizen Report begins in Malawi and Zambia, both of whose governments have begun to restrict Internet freedom. From there, we move to China and Hong Kong, where Tencent's mobile phone service WeChat has begun to censor message content. Then, to the United States, Bahrain and beyond.
Syrian cartoonists who dare to critique Bashar Al-Assad are paying a heavy price. Akram Rslan is the latest victim in a long list of oppressed voices and dissident artists.
This week, we begin in California, where Chevron is facing criticism after subpoenaing information from the email accounts of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft users in an $18 billion lawsuit against the company by Amazonian Indians in Ecuador. From there, we move to Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and beyond.
We're very excited to announce that Hisham Almiraat, a long-time member of the Global Voices community, is the new Director of Global Voices Advocacy.
We continue our monthly exhaustive MENA Netizen Report with the current 'Blasphemy Edition.' It discusses the repressive online policies that ensued the turmoil caused by the YouTube movie 'The Innocence of Muslims." The report continues with an overview of various national policies and related thuggery cases.
This week's Netizen Report begins with a series of state-sponsored cyberattacks on Gmail users, the second in five months to be reported by the search engine giant. We then move to Iran, which reported cyberattacks against the nation's infrastructure and communication companies. From there, we travel to China, Cuba and beyond.
In this edition, we focus on recent free trade agreements and the challenges they pose in the digital age. To fulfill the requirements of a free trade agreement with the United States, the Congress of Panama approved a law last week that will impose severe penalties for violating copyright and will make it almost impossible for the accused to be able to present their cases in court.
This week's Netizen Report begins in the Philippines, where a new law meant to combat cybercrime is being protested against for potentially jeopardizing freedom of expression. Then, we move to Paraguay, which recently blocked access to website ABColor.me without a warrant, and onto Sweden, Sudan and beyond.
In a new series we will take a glance at what's being reported on Global Voices Online, for an indepth look at how netizens the world over are reacting to increased Internet censorship.