Category Archives: Censorship

NEW REPORT: Attacks on Democracy Intensify as Autocracy Spreads in Europe and Eurasia

[news release] Elected leaders in Europe and Eurasia are undermining the very institutions that brought them to office, rejecting democratic norms and promoting alternative systems of authoritarian governance, according to Nations in Transit, the annual Freedom House report on the state of democracy in the region.

Continue reading NEW REPORT: Attacks on Democracy Intensify as Autocracy Spreads in Europe and Eurasia

Russia’s Twitter throttling may give censors never-before-seen capabilities

Russia has implemented a novel censorship method in an ongoing effort to silence Twitter. Instead of blocking the social media site outright, the country is using previously unseen techniques to slow traffic to a crawl and make the site all but unusable for people inside the country.

Continue reading Russia’s Twitter throttling may give censors never-before-seen capabilities

Facebook disrupts China-based hackers it says spied on Uyghur Muslim dissidents and journalists living outside China, including in the U.S.

Facebook has disrupted what it says is a China-based espionage campaign against Uyghur Muslim journalists, dissidents and activists living overseas, including in the United States, the social media giant announced Wednesday.

Continue reading Facebook disrupts China-based hackers it says spied on Uyghur Muslim dissidents and journalists living outside China, including in the U.S.

Facebook removes accounts of ‘China-based hackers’ targeting Uighurs

Facebook has removed a group of China-based hackers it says targeted members of the Uighur community living abroad.

It said hackers used malicious websites and apps to infect devices and allow for remote surveillance, with journalists and activists targeted.

Continue reading Facebook removes accounts of ‘China-based hackers’ targeting Uighurs

The Cost of an Internet Shutdown: Human rights and economic prosperity are at risk amid a spike in national internet shutdowns.

After 50 years of political and economic isolation, Myanmar embarked on a hopeful period of transition in 2011, which culminated in the election of a civilian government in 2015. Almost as soon as the country opened up to the world, internet penetration began to rise, increasing over the next decade from 0.25 percent in 2010 to 41 percent in 2020, thanks to the arrival of international communication companies, including from China. As internet connectivity grew, so did mobile services and social media. As of mid-February 2021, there are 29 million social media users, equivalent to 53 percent of the population.

Continue reading The Cost of an Internet Shutdown: Human rights and economic prosperity are at risk amid a spike in national internet shutdowns.

Harvard Law School Clinics Publish White Paper on Digital and Human Rights in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Researchers at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic and International Human Rights Clinic collaborated with three human rights organizations based in Myanmar to produce a study on internet restrictions in Myanmar and Bangladesh, according to a white paper the groups published last month.

Continue reading Harvard Law School Clinics Publish White Paper on Digital and Human Rights in Myanmar and Bangladesh