Stories about South-Asia

Facebook denies accusations of fuelling hate speech and pro-BJP bias in India

On September 16, Facebook India’s chief issued a statement denying accusations that the social media giant is making profits by giving a platform to hate speech in India.

Policing the digital frontiers: Is India weaponizing technology to silence civil society?

In the word's largest democracy, the targeting of human rights defenders through spyware poses a threat to fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and privacy.

Journalists face sedition charges under cybercrime law in Pakistan

"The alarming increase in such actions against journalists confirms that the government is bent on muzzling freedom of expression."

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

Journalist's abduction raises concerns about media freedom in Pakistan

On the morning of July 21, renowned Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted in Islamabad. Though he was released about 12 hours after, fingers are being pointed at state security...

India bans TikTok, 58 other apps amid rising anti-China sentiment, border clashes

The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.

India's digital ID system deepens exclusion of vulnerable communities amid pandemic

The use of Aadhaar-based authentication makes exclusions more likely.

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to curb critical voices

In mid-May, Twitter, Zoom and Persicope were either blocked or throttled across Pakistan. Activists say the move was meant to target a few web conferences on human rights issues.

In Bangladesh, criticism of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic is risky

"Would it be wrong if someone says that the authorities in Bangladesh, equipped with Digital Security Act, launched a crackdown on those critical to the government?"

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