Stories about Iraq

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

Netizen Report: Chelsea Manning and the Power of Transparency

This week, Chelsea Manning was finally released from prison, Ukraine censored Russian web platforms and Thailand threatened legal action against Facebook.

Iraqi Journalists Face Threats From ISIS, Armed Militias and the State

"As the war intensifies, and the number of armed groups and their influence in Iraq grows, the pressure on Iraqi journalists will increase.”

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Return to Iraq, Persist in Cameroon

Cameroon's Internet regional shutdown enters its third week, Ukraine prosecutes two men for "separatist" speech on Vkontakte and Algerian lawyers are told to stop using social media.

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

How Netizens Are Pushing Back Against ISIS’ Social Media ‘Propaganda Machine’

Alongside the efforts of big companies and governments, many independent groups and individuals are making their own efforts to combat ISIS' activities online.

Digital Citizen 3.8

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

Digital Citizen 3.5

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

Digital Citizen 3.4

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

On World Press Freedom Day, Iraqis Mourn Journalist Ammar Al Shahbander, Killed in Car Bomb Explosion

On World Press Freedom Day, Iraqis are mourning the death of journalist Ammar Al Shahbander, killed in a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, carried out by the ISIS.

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...

Digital Citizen 2.4

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Last month, a horrific attack on the Paris offices of...

Is Iraq Restricting Speech on Facebook?

Local sources say escalating fights online among political parties and sects since last week's execution of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh may have led to the new policy.

Digital Citizen 2.2

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

Digital Citizen 2.0

In this edition of Digital Citizen, a review of human rights and technology news in the Arab World, we look at threats to bloggers and online activists across the region.

Digital Citizen 1.9

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

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.

Netizen Report: Sweeping Censorship in Iraq, Tajikistan

A scholar is detained in Tajikistan, social media gets the axe in Iraq, and China closes millions of “dirty” WeChat accounts.

Iraq Telecom Ministry to ISPs: Kill the Internet in Five Provinces

A leaked document from Iraq's Ministry of Telecommunications shows that the government has decided to shut down the Internet in some provinces, social media in others.

Social Media Sites Unblocked in Iraq, But Is Worst Yet to Come?

"Apparently blockage of social media sites were removed now in #Iraq, the fear is that the Gov is getting ready 2 cut the Internet," tweets Mohamed Najem.

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