· April, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from April, 2015

Digital Citizen 2.8

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights in the Arab World. This volume looks at repression in Kuwait, DDoS attacks in Lebanon, and...

Netizen Report: The Spring of Cybercrime Laws

Cybercrime laws are popping up around the world, from Egypt to Pakistan to Tanzania. Meanwhile, China has outlawed politically controversial avatars and Indian companies are snubbing Facebook.

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

Digital Citizen 2.7

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Iran's Minister of ICT Suggests Instagram Will Not Be (Completely) Blocked Until an Alternative Is Found

Iran's leading reformist newspaper, Shargh, ran an article this past Sunday entitled: “The promises of the Minister of ICT to clear the problems of mobile social media.” The focus of...

Netizen Report: Turkey’s Erdogan Fights to Control the Conversation, Online and in Print

A Malaysian cartoonist faces sedition charges, SnapChat goes transparent, and Venezuela faces possible new social media regulations.

Is Global Voices Blocked in Iran? Yes and No.

Globalvoicesonline.org is now blocked in Iran. But you can outsmart these Internet filters and access our site by adding "https://" to the beginning of the URL. What's up with that?

Are the World's Biggest Internet Companies Under the Turkish President's Thumb?

Turkey's ruling party is becoming accustomed to getting its way more often than not in its long-running war on social media users.

Turkey Blocks Twitter, YouTube, Scores of Websites After Prosecutor’s Killing

After photos of public prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz with a gun pointed to his head began circulating on Twitter, hundreds of news sites and social networks were blocked.

Bahraini Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Arrested Again for Tweets

Leading Bahraini human rigts activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested from his home today, allegedly over tweets he shared on the microblogging site regarding the situation of prisoners in Jaw Prison.

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