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15 June 2015

Local Chinese Authorities Use Internet Slang ‘Ziganwu’ in Their Propaganda Recruitment

'Ziganwu' are Internet commenters not officially affiliated with authorities but who nevertheless ardently defend the government. China's Sichuan education office has adopted the term as part of recruitment efforts.

20 February 2015

Ali Abdulemam: ‘I Have Not Lost My Identity. I Am Bahraini.’

In late January, the government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of blogger Ali Abdulemam, along with that of 71 other Bahrainis, many of them journalists and activists.

16 February 2015

Advocates Petition UN to Intervene on Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers’ Behalf

Advocates argue that the Ethiopian government's imprisonment of these individuals on spurious terror charges is arbitrary and illegal.

18 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: A Win for Argentina's Lawsuit-Happy Celebrities?

What kind of information is in the public interest? Is it possible (or desirable) to define this? Free expression attorney Ramiro Alvarez examines this question in the context of Argentina.

5 September 2014

EXCLUSIVE: German Companies Are Selling Unlicensed Surveillance Technologies to Human Rights Violators – and Making Millions

Data analyzed by two leading researchers on surveillance and digital security technology suggests the majority of surveillance technologies produced by German companies have been bought and sold under the table.

30 May 2014

“I Can Feel Total Censorship in the Air”: Internet Freedom Evaporates in Thailand

"Freedom of expression is Thailand is at stake...Simply criticising the Council could land one before a military court."

11 May 2014

Why Blogging is a Threat to the Ethiopian Government

"The threat embodied in Ethiopia’s bloggers, journalists and free thinkers is that they are introducing a radical new idea—the idea of a freer, more democratic country."

14 March 2014

#FreeBassel: Behind the Screens of the Syrian Resistance

March 15 marks the second anniversary of the imprisonment of Syrian web developer and activist Bassel Khartabil. Monique Doppert reflects on her friendship with Bassel and forthcoming book on his...

28 February 2014

Photos: A Message to the World from #AB14

Photographer and human rights advocate Amer Sweidan took a series of portraits at last month's Arab Bloggers Meeting. In this brief essay, he describes the collaborative process of the project.

28 October 2013

Argentina and the New Surveillance Tech: Watching Your Every Move

Be careful where you look, what you touch, and how you walk -- the government may be watching. Ramiro Alvarez Ugarte explains how Argentina's biometric data collection system infringes on...