March, 2010

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Stories from March, 2010

31 March 2010

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Greenpeace vs. Nestle – on freedom of expression

Last two weeks mark increased amount of discussions around recent Greenpeace campaign targeting Nestle for their usage of palm oil resulting in highly destructive impact on environment. Campaign started with a viral video uploaded to YouTube and hosted on the main site of the organization featuring office scene during which...

29 March 2010

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Egypt: Activist arrested for running a Facebook group – Released

An Egyptian activist is arrested for running a Facebook group supporting Mohamed ElBaradie for running for Presidency. Police are holding him without a charge.

28 March 2010

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Is Russia an Enemy of Internet?

The degree of freedom on the Russian Internet is an issue for debates. Some put Russia on the same list of "Internet enemies" with China and Iran. Others strongly oppose this kind of generalization and claim that Russian Internet is the most liberal and unrestricted public sphere in the country.

26 March 2010

Russia: Website Closed By Police Order

20marta.ru, an opposition website dedicated to the “Day of Anger” held on March 20, was closed by police after just one day of functioning, kasparov.ru reported. According to the source, the police have sent the letter informing that the website is closed due to inciting anti-government sentiment.

25 March 2010

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China: Conversation among webcensors

A screen capture of a webcensor's QQ group conversation has been circulated via Twitter. It helps the outside world to understand the micro operation of online censorship in China. Webcensor – xiao dong (1111937) 13:49:33 Hi everybody, check if your website contains information calling for support on Google. Let me...

24 March 2010

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The Second Decade of Middle East Internet

In its second decade in the Middle East, the Internet has been increasingly challenging many of the region's governments – specifically dictatorships that impose strict limitations on civil freedoms. It has brought about the formation of pressure groups for social and political change on FaceBook, allowed for real-time coverage of...

23 March 2010

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Venezuela: Concerns About Controls on the Internet

Debate is heating up in Venezuela after decrees and statements from President Hugo Chávez, who questioned how the Internet is being used in the country. Many are interpreting these statements and policy proposals that the government wants control the Internet in Venezuela.