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10 December 2014

Break the Silence: Campaign for Jailed Human Rights Activists

On Human Rights Day, we remind the world of our many friends who have broken the silence of oppression by expressing their thoughts, asking questions, and thinking critically.

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

Draft Telecom Law Would Give Ecuador's Defense Ministry Special Powers

A proposed telecom law in Ecuador would create a special tax for mobile phone service operators, and could give the Ministry of Defense increased powers in situations of "public calamity".

9 December 2014

Why Going Viral Was a Source of Fear for One Hong Kong Citizen Journalist

Hung Lai Fong published an article under her real name about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, and when it became widely read, she began to fear retaliation from China.

Russian Prosecutors Say Man's Reaction to Ethnic Riot Was Hate Speech

Konstantin Sankov stands accused of "calling for hostile acts against a group defined in terms of national identity." If convicted, he could go to prison for 5 years.

4 December 2014

China's Censorship Authorities Are Not Fans of Foreign TV

Two popular subtitling sites closed their doors at the behest of Chinese authorities. Netizens and TV fans are angry about the decision.

3 December 2014

Netizen Report: Iranian Facebook User Sentenced to Death for Allegedly Insulting the Prophet

This week we look at many forms of censorship in Iran, new surveillance tactics in the UK, and the latest reverberations from the Right to Be Forgotten ruling in Europe.

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Face the Limits of International Law

The Zone9 case proves that in Ethiopia, international human rights standards -- and even national law -- are employed or ignored as political powers please.

1 December 2014

Digital Citizen 2.1

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Selfies, ‘Sandwich Parties’ and ‘The Hunger Games': How Activists Have Challenged Thailand's Martial Law

Six months have passed since the army grabbed power and declared martial law in Thailand. During this time, Thai citizens have used various forms of protests against the junta.