26 September 2019

At Least 70 Countries Have Engaged in Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds New York Times

In Vietnam, citizens were enlisted to post pro-government messages on their personal Facebook pages. The Guatemalan government used hacked and stolen social media accounts to silence dissenting opinions. Ethiopia’s ruling party hired people to influence social media conversations in its favor.

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08 September 2019

The Post's View: More governments are shutting down the Internet. The harm is far-reaching. Washington Post

What’s a repressive government to do when the Internet gives protesters new ways to speak up? That’s easy: shut the whole thing down.

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03 September 2019

Life in an Internet Shutdown: Crossing Borders for Email and Contraband SIM Cards New York Times

... Internet shutdowns have become one of the defining tools of government repression in the 21st century — not just in Zimbabwe, but in a growing number of countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, that are seeking to quash dissent.

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15 August 2019

India Shut Down Kashmir's Internet Access. Now, 'We Cannot Do Anything.' New York Times

Pharmacists can’t restock medicines; workers aren’t being paid. But the government still loves to block the internet for “peace and tranquillity.”

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08 August 2019

Free speech and privacy on the wane across the world The Guardian

Nearly half the world’s people are living in countries where their freedom of speech and right to privacy are being eroded, researchers have found.

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25 July 2019

How Arab governments use cyber laws to shut down activism: Critical Arab voices are being silenced on Twitter, and laws across the Middle East are created to further this cause. Al Jazeera

For human rights activists, journalists, dissidents and free speech campaigners, social media has long been a double-edged sword, representing both the positive and harmful aspects of open communication on the internet.

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02 July 2019

The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden? New York Times

With ethnic conflict spreading in Rakhine State in Myanmar, a government-led online shutdown could hide human rights abuses and leave vulnerable populations in the dark.

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17 June 2019

Internet blackouts: The rise of government-imposed shutdowns Al Jazeera

Sudan's internet blackout has gained global attention, but it is not unique. Shutdowns are on the rise around the world.

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02 May 2019

Sri Lanka's President Lifts Ban on Social Media New York Times

Sri Lanka’s president on Tuesday called for the “immediate” lifting of a temporary ban on several social media networks, a clampdown that had been intended to prevent the spread of misinformation after devastating suicide bombings on Easter.

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26 April 2019

Tiananmen Square protests and China's fight for internet control Al Jazeera

Since President Xi took power in 2012, China has launched an unprecedented crackdown on online freedom.

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17 April 2019

Tiktok: India bans video sharing app The Guardian

The Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.

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20 March 2019

Vladimir Putin signs sweeping Internet-censorship bills ars technica

President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on the Russian Internet Monday, signing two censorship bills into law. One bans "fake news" while the other makes it illegal to insult public officials.

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05 February 2019

China's Online Censorship Stifles Trade, Too by Tim Wu New York Times

As China and the United States engage in high-level negotiations over a possible trade deal, it’s puzzling to see what’s been left off the table: the Chinese internet market. China blocks or hinders nearly every important foreign competitor online, including Google, Facebook, Wikipedia in Chinese, Pinterest, Line (the major Japanese messaging company), Reddit and The New York Times. Even Peppa Pig, a British cartoon character and internet video sensation, has been censored on and off; an editorial in the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper once warned that she could “destroy children’s youth.”

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26 January 2019

George Soros: China is using tech advances to repress its people The Guardian

The billionaire philanthropist George Soros has delivered a stinging attack on China with a warning that Xi Jinping’s regime is using breakthroughs in machine learning and artificial intelligence to repress its people.

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Microsoft's Bing blocked in China, prompting grumbling Associated Press

Chinese internet users lost access to Microsoft’s Bing search engine for two days, setting off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party’s increasingly tight online censorship.

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13 January 2019

The internet, but not as we know it: life online in China, Cuba, India and Russia The Guardian

More than half of the world's population is now online, but that does not mean we all see the same thing. From being filtered by the government to being delivered by post, the internet can vary enormously depending on where you live.

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Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown New York Times

One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation.

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10 January 2019

Netflix's Bow to Saudi Censors Comes at a Cost to Free Speech New York Times

Under Article 6, Paragraph 1 of Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law, the following is punishable by up to five years in prison: “Production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers.”

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07 January 2019

Chinese censors go old school to clamp down on Twitter: A knock on the door Washington Post

The 50-year-old software engineer was tapping away at his computer in November when state security officials filed into his office on mainland China.

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03 January 2019

Censoring China's Internet, for Stability and Profit New York Times

Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble.

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02 January 2019

Vietnam criticised for 'totalitarian' law banning online criticism of government The Guardian

Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent.

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01 January 2019

The singer raising her voice against Vietnam's new cyber law Al Jazeera

Dressed in the traditional Vietnamese long gown known as "ao dai", dissident artist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi holds up a banner in a silent protest amid the roar of traffic in the capital's Old Quarter.

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12 December 2018

NetBlocks and the Internet Society launch tool to calculate the cost of Internet censorship worldwide Internet Society

The civil society group, NetBlocks, and the Internet Society, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to the open development, use and evolution of the Internet, have partnered up to build a tool to better measure the cost of Internet disruptions.

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07 December 2018

Tumblr Fans Abandon Ship as Tumblr Bans Porn New York Times

Pornographic content, which had a large female viewer base on the site, will no longer be allowed.

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20 November 2018

How China Walled Off the Internet New York Times

Today, China has the world’s only internet companies that can match America’s in ambition and reach.

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