Stories about Ecuador
"The millions of dollars being spent on video surveillance and facial recognition technologies is increasing."
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.
Digital privacy tools draw suspicion in the US and Ecuador, India tackles Tiktok, and a Chinese man learns that facial recognition works -- even while you’re sleeping.
LiveJournal bans "political solicitation" in Russia (its new home), Google contemplates a return to China, and Bangladesh's telecom regulator rejects a proposed Facebook bedtime ban.
Along with pro-opposition websites, some media rights groups saw a sharp decline in traffic on the evening of the election.
Netizen Report: Pro-Government Hackers and Constitutional Amendment Put Free Speech Under Fire in Ecuador
Facebook is back on in Bangladesh, Venezuela sees big changes (and Internet outages) on Election Day and Kazakhstan plans to spy on everyone.
A few tweets about an alleged case of nepotism in Ecuador's Government earned Sebastian Cevallos a sentence of 15 days in jail.
Pro-government propaganda, anti-opposition trolls, hashtag spamming, and widespread malware are all part of a politically-motivated social media spin campaign dating back to 2012.
This week's report begins in China, where the government continues its crackdown on the use of virtual private networks by blocking Avast.com, a free anti-virus and anti-spyware protection software.
A proposed telecom law in Ecuador would create a special tax for mobile phone service operators, and could give the Ministry of Defense increased powers in situations of "public calamity".
This week's report looks at cyber attacks in Hong Kong, mass surveillance in Egypt and Colombia's upcoming "digital portfolio" system that will house all citizen data under one roof.
A new amendment to Ecuador's penal code would obligate cybercafe owners to video surveil their customers and leave ISPs with hefty new data collection requirements.
Civil society organizations explain that the way Ecuador's new penal law is proposed, all telecommucations services will have to store the data and connection traffic of their users, despite the risks that this entails.
New proposed measures against slander and libel on social networks, including mandatory installation of surveillance cameras at Internet cafes, could have a big impact on free expression and privacy.
The controversial new law, among other things, imposes limits on corruption investigations and jeopardizes the dissemination of information of public interest.
The future of Edward Snowden is uncertain. The young American is reportedly sheltered in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, and he has requested asylum from 20 countries. Although it remains unknown where he will go from here, many wonder: Why might Snowden want to go to a country like Ecuador, where restrictions on press freedom appear to be on the rise?
This month, arrests of Internet users in Latin America and the Caribbean appear to have increased, with bloggers and activists in Ecuador, Colombia, and Cuba detained for their activities online. In this Netizen Report for Latin America and the Caribbean, we review some of these cases.
Ecuadorian blogger Paúl Moreno (@paulcoyote) was detained on charges of fraudulent access to computer systems, after he accessed President Rafael Correa's personal database in an attempt to show the vulnerability of an official website.
In the last 10 years, various countries in the region have put forward legislation that attempts to combat computer crimes. As a result of these initiatives, the state collects the personal information of Internet users, running the risk of violating their right to privacy.
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.