· June, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from June, 2015

30 June 2015

Learning About Lantern's Anti-Censorship Tools

GV Advox team members spoke with Adam Fisk, the founder and software developer behind Lantern, and Maryam Abolfazli, the Chief Operating Officer behind Lantern to learn more about their tools.

24 June 2015

Netizen Report: UK Spied on Human Rights Organizations in Egypt, South Africa

The UAE lays down new, rigid prohibitions against foul language on WhatsApp, Russians assess the Kremlin's version of the "Right to Be Forgotten", and Bing hops on the encryption train.

Social Media Analysis: How an Iranian Kurdish Woman's Death Triggered a Regional Social Media Conflict

Social media controversy following the accidental death of a hotel chambermaid underscored systemic discrimination ethnic minorities face in Iran and the emerging role of Internet censorship in this milieu.

23 June 2015

Digital Citizen 3.2

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

17 June 2015

Netizen Report: Indian Blogger Stuck Between Dubious Copyright Claim and Lousy Local Law

Internet access is decimated by war in Yemen, Hong Kong activists face arrest over alleged computer crime violations, and Snowden docs travel panda-to-panda in a new work by Ai Wei...

15 June 2015

Former TV Producer Mostafa Azizi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran

Azizi, who had left for Canada, was arrested when he returned to be near his ailing father. He was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” among other charges.

11 June 2015

Digital Citizen 3.1

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

8 June 2015

Iran Increases Internet Surveillance Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Zolfaghari announces heightened security in anticipation of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

4 June 2015

‘Writing Code Is Not a Crime': Jailed Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour Turns 40

"It is not justice to keep a talented software engineer in jail just because the software he developed was used by others for reasons deemed illegal by the Iranian government."

3 June 2015

Iran Sentences Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 Years for Cartoons

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 years in prison for publishing on Facebook cartoons and criticisms of the government.