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Netizen Report: China Continues to Crack Down on Virtual Private Networks

This week's report begins in China, where the government continues its crackdown on the use of virtual private networks by blocking Avast.com, a free anti-virus and anti-spyware protection software.

Iran Wants to Befriend Google

Google is welcome in Iran, says a government official, as long as it respects 'cultural conditions'.

Did a Brazilian Judge Try to Use Marco Civil to Shut Down WhatsApp Across the Country?

WhatsApp kept working normally in Brazil, but the judge's decision, which was apparently based on provisions in the Marco Civil bill, went viral.

Iran Reacts to the Latest Snowden Leak on SIM Card Hacks

Iran's Minister of Information and Communication Technologies told Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency that he urges all state employees and ordinary Iranians to rely on their landlines for most communications.

Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

A human rights lawyer who has defended clients ranging from Ai Weiwei to communist party officials, Pu Zhiqiang is now facing criminal charges over his postings on Weibo.

Why John Legend Should Perform In Bahrain

On the eve of John Legend's concert in Bahrain, a former Bahraini torture victim now living in exile asks the US singer to spare a thought for the country's persecuted.

Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked to Death in Dhaka

Roy is the second Bangladeshi blogger killed since 2013. Horrifying photos of he and his wife, bloodied and injured on the street, were circulated on social media.

Digital Citizen 2.4

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Last month, a horrific attack on the Paris offices of...

Netizen Report: US Loosens Tech Restrictions on Sudan. But Is It Enough?

Words from jailed bloggers past and present, and privacy on the red carpet.

Belarus Bans Tor and Other Anonymizers

Belarus is banning anonymizers, typically used to circumvent government censorship and reach online resources banned inside the country, including many of the opposition websites.