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How the Chinese are defying the Tiananmen censors

How the Chinese are defying the Tiananmen censors

🕔02:44, 6.Jun 2014

In London’s Trafalgar Square, a young boy stands with his arm stretched out. He is facing four people holding images of army tanks. They are participating in an Amnesty UK reenactment of the famous “Tank Man” photograph of the man who stood in front

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A year after Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, free expression still under attack

A year after Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, free expression still under attack

🕔02:39, 6.Jun 2014

Turkish police have detained more than 100 activists, journalists and lawyers taking part in Gezi Park anniversary protests in May and June. It’s just one sign that freedom of expression is still under threat in Turkey, say IFEX members. Last

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Don’t Spy On Us! Demand an end to mass surveillance

Don’t Spy On Us! Demand an end to mass surveillance

🕔02:32, 6.Jun 2014

The U.K.’s intelligence services can process 21 petabytes of data per day – that’s 39 billion pieces of information that could be the private data of any citizen. This mass surveillance violates privacy and chills free speech across the globe.

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Governments urged to preserve fundamental freedoms in the age of mass surveillance

Governments urged to preserve fundamental freedoms in the age of mass surveillance

🕔05:01, 4.Jun 2014

As the global debate over the intelligence programs revealed by Edward Snowden approaches its first anniversary, on 28 May 2014 ARTICLE 19 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published a new legal analysis of the Necessary & Proportionate Principles, a guiding framework

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Jihad trending: Analysis of online extremism and how to counter it

🕔15:49, 28.May 2014

Censorship is central to the current debate on how to counter extremism online. With fears intensifying over the potential impact of returning foreign fighters and potential ‘lone wolf’ terrorists, governments are increasingly targeting the Internet as a source of radicalisation.

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Singapore blogger: 'I have been waiting' for government backlash

🕔07:07, 24.May 2014

The following is a CPJ Blog post by Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, CPJ guest blogger.  EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong demanded an apology from a critical blogger who has allegedly accused him of corruption. Roy

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Undermining progress: Digital surveillance and the Tunisian constitution

Undermining progress: Digital surveillance and the Tunisian constitution

🕔03:59, 22.May 2014

“A model to other peoples seeking reform” said UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the successful passing in 2014 of the new Tunisian Constitution. Championing a secular political and legal system following the popular uprisings of 2011, this constitution sought to maintain robust

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#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

🕔03:38, 22.May 2014

The Mexican government is in the process of bringing its communications laws in line with the reality of the digital age. It says that the proposed Ley de Telecomunicaciones y Radiodifusión, the telecommunications and broadcasting law that President Enrique Peña Nieto

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Looking back one year after the Edward Snowden disclosures – An international perspective

🕔08:15, 21.May 2014

June 5th marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the Edward Snowden revelations – a landmark event in global awareness of the worldwide spying machine. It has been a year where the world has learned that the NSA and

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Turkey: Journalists could face 9 years in jail for publishing leaked intelligence material under new law

🕔06:56, 29.Apr 2014

A new law on Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency greatly increases its surveillance powers while threatening journalists who expose its abuses with prison terms, Human Rights Watch said today. The law would decrease state accountability, media freedom, and the right to

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Ethiopia: Zone 9 bloggers must be immediately and unconditionally released

🕔06:52, 29.Apr 2014

ARTICLE 19 condemns the arrest of 6 ‘Zone 9′ bloggers and 3 freelance journalists in Ethiopia, all of whom have been charged with working with foreign organisations that claim to be human rights activists and receiving finance to incite public

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New rules proposed by U.S. Communications Commission could threaten net neutrality

🕔06:49, 29.Apr 2014

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal for new FCC rules on the issue of network neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally. Unfortunately, early reports

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TPP trade agreement is right where we want it: Going nowhere

🕔06:34, 28.Apr 2014

President Obama is on a diplomatic tour of Asia this week and one of his top priorities is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement that includes restrictive copyright enforcement measures that pose a huge threat to users’ rights and a free

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Conference participants issue declaration against hate speech, stressing role of the media

🕔06:30, 28.Apr 2014

On 25 April 2014, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) gathered journalists, academics, and freedom of expression experts together for its high profile “Media, Armed Conflict and Hate Speech” conference in Brussels at which the following declaration was agreed: BRUSSELS DECLARATION Incitement to Hate

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Moving forward? Kosovo proposes surveillance law giving authorities real-time access to data

🕔01:44, 26.Apr 2014

The government of Kosovo is currently preparing a new surveillance lawthat will turn Kosovar network operators and service providers into de facto agents of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency, granting authorities real-time access to communications data without proper oversight or consideration for

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How Iran's gadget bloggers became victims of the revolutionary guard

🕔16:07, 25.Apr 2014

Narenji (“Orange”) was Iran’s top website for gadget news, edited daily by a team of tech bloggers who worked from a cramped office in the country’s city of Kerman. The site was targeted at Iran’s growing audience of technology enthusiasts.

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Independent media making a mark in Singapore despite restrictions

🕔11:17, 24.Apr 2014

Speaking in a Singaporean university seminar room in early March 2014, Lord David Puttnam highlighted the importance of media plurality. He saw it as a means to an end, a way to foster an informed citizenry in a society where

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LGBTQ communities in the Arab world face unique digital threats

LGBTQ communities in the Arab world face unique digital threats

🕔10:59, 24.Apr 2014

Across the Arab world, LGBTQ communities still struggle to gain social recognition, and individuals still face legal penalties for consensual activities. In Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq, homosexuality is punishable by death. In 2001, 52 men were arrested for being gay in Cairo. And

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Democracy, double-crossed: How private actors in the West serve foreign dictators

🕔01:38, 23.Apr 2014

After a wave of post–Cold War democratization, political repression is making a comeback. Freedom House reported in January that 2013 marked the eighth consecutive year of decline in the global state of democracy. But today’s dictators aren’t going it alone. Whether across

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Journalists face criminal defamation charges in Thailand over story on Burmese refugees

🕔08:55, 21.Apr 2014

On April 17, 2014, a Thai court formally charged two journalists for the localPhuketwan news website with criminal defamation, according to news reports. The charges were brought by a Thai navy official. Alan Morison, an Australian national, and Chutima Sidasathian, a Thai

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IFJ condemns China's Internet regulators for restricting freedom of opinion

🕔04:10, 18.Apr 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the Chinese internet regulators for restraining people’s freedom to comment on the trial of a prominent microblogger, who admitted in court to charges of rumour-mongering on the net. Qin Zhihui, known in cyber space

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Two Vietnamese netizens released from prison, 31 others still held

🕔16:24, 16.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that two netizens who had spent several years in prison – Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung – were released on 11 and 12 April 2014 respectively although they are now assigned

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Controversy surrounds India's biometric database

🕔13:50, 15.Apr 2014

Established in 2009 by executive order, the Unique Identification Number Authority of India (UIDAI) has taken on the monumental challenge of issuing each resident of the country with a Unique Identification Number (UID), more commonly known as the Aadhaar card.

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Bahraini blogger jailed for "improper handling of information technology"

🕔13:34, 14.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the 30-month jail sentence that a Bahraini court passed on the blogger Ali Maaraj on 8 April on charges of “insulting the king” and “improper handling of information technology”. RWB condemns these absurd charges

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Digital freedom in Bangladesh: Navigating in uncertain waters

🕔03:59, 12.Apr 2014

Bangladesh witnessed the internet take on an increasing role in its socio-political sphere in 2013. Usage trends swung more toward heart-warming positives, in contrast to the country’s regulatory precedents, which despite policymakers facilitating net use via cheaper connections and better

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Why the web needs perfect forward secrecy more than ever

🕔03:50, 12.Apr 2014

EFF has long advocated for websites to support HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to encrypt and authenticate data transmitted on the Internet. However, we learned [on 7 April 2014] of a catastrophic bug, nicknamed “Heartbleed,” that has critically threatened the security of

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Cambodia's secret Draft Cybercrime Law seeks to undermine free speech online

🕔03:48, 12.Apr 2014

ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about Cambodia’s Draft Cybercrime Law, which falls well below international standards on the rights to freedom of expression, information and privacy. If passed in its current form, there is a serious risk that Cambodia’s currently

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Surveillance of human rights organisations must cease

🕔03:25, 11.Apr 2014

PEN International and English PEN are extremely concerned by allegations by Edward Snowden that human rights organisations have been specifically targeted by the British and US spy agencies’ mass surveillance programmes. These allegations came in testimony on 8 April 2014

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New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check

🕔11:23, 7.Apr 2014

World leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes, said a new global coalition of human rights organizations as it launched on 4 April 2014 in Brussels. The Coalition

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Turkey keeps YouTube ban after court backtrack

🕔14:14, 6.Apr 2014

ISTANBUL: YouTube will remain blocked in Turkey, despite the end to a similar controversial ban on Twitter, after a court backtracked on an earlier ruling to grant access to the video-sharing site. The court in the capital Ankara on Friday

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