Latest stories

The Silent Crackdown on Serbian Media

"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."

China Touts Local Ground Rules for the Global Internet

While attendees at last week's World Internet Conference in China enjoyed relatively open Internet access, thousands of websites were blocked throughout much of the country.

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

University Teacher Unpopular with Islamist Hardliners is Killed in Bangladesh

A Facebook group claimed responsibility for hacking to death a university professor. After a few days of receiving abuse reports from users, Facebook took down the page.

Digital Security Guide for African Environmental Rights Defenders

As they increasingly use digital advocacy and communication tools to do their work, environmental rights defenders in Africa have become more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and online harassment.

Netizen Report: UK Companies Vow to Censor ‘Terrorist’ Websites

This week, the UK and France set tough measures to censor extremist websites, India steps up porn blocking efforts, and WhatsApp gets hip to encryption.

At Home and Around the World, Supporters Demand Justice for Vietnamese Blogger Dang Xuan Dieu

A former inmate released from detention last month revealed that the activist blogger is being tortured in prison. Supporters in Vietnam and around the world are campaigning for his release.

There's a Dark Side to Alibaba's Massive Profits in China

Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.

Online Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Teens Is Charged with ‘Gay Propaganda’

It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.

UPDATE: Gambian Blogger Released As Outrage Escalates

Jaw was released as students planned mass demonstrations to demand his freedom. The arrest of the young blogger and activist attracted substantial condemnation on social media.