Stories about South-Asia from May, 2017
Critics of the Aadhaar biometric ID system are being criticized by state agencies and trolled by anonymous handles on Twitter.
Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.
In Malaysia and Azerbaijan, officials go after media for political coverage. Meanwhile, with major social media sites banned, Kashmiris have turned to local platform KashBook.
Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.
Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.
"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"
"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."
In spite of multiple court orders making UID voluntary and limited to selected schemes, the government continues to expand its scope.