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Rayna St

PhD & Science Geek // Editor for Global Voices Bulgarian // writing in English, French, Bulgarian // author for GV Advocacy, GV Online, FutureChallenges // interested in Middle East politics & internet freedom // working to empower women in science & tech // former research associate at UNESCO // human rights activist // human being

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Latest posts by Rayna St

14 November 2012

MENA Netizen Report: Porn Edition

Most of this month’s report was researched, edited, and written by Rayna St, Nermeen Edrees, and Hisham Almiraat. After a YouTube trailer named “The Innocence of Muslims” sparked a widespread...

9 November 2012

Egypt: Online Porn, Here to Stay?

The ongoing battle over the future Egyptian constitution and the more-than-a-month long strike of Egyptian medical workers are among the most pressing issues in the country at the moment… or are they? The Public Prosecutor apparently decided the people needed more drama and announced Egypt would start blocking porn sites.

8 November 2012

Egypt To Block Porn Sites… Again

On Wednesday, November 7, the Egyptian Public Prosecutor decided that online pornography was “inconsistent with Egyptian traditions and values.” He ordered a general ban of all porn sites in Egypt.

15 October 2012

MENA Netizen Report: Blasphemy Edition

We continue our monthly exhaustive MENA Netizen Report with the current 'Blasphemy Edition.' It discusses the repressive online policies that ensued the turmoil caused by the YouTube movie 'The Innocence of Muslims." The report continues with an overview of various national policies and related thuggery cases.

14 September 2012

MENA Netizen Report: We Won't Give Up

Our first edition of the MENA Netizen Report received an enthusiastic welcome from readers, demonstrating that this regionally-focused report fills an important gap. In addition to the usual sections, this month's edition contains a 'Worth reading' paragraph.

16 August 2012

Middle East and North Africa Netizen Report: First Edition

In this first edition of the Middle East and North Africa Netizen Report, we look at various threats facing netizens in the region, from the widespread use of a surveillance tool called FinFisher to new censorship measures facing Jordanian Internet users. The edition also covers issues in Bahrain, Iraq, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Syria, Morocco, and more.

30 April 2012

Big Brother Awards Requite Privacy Invaders

The Big Brother Awards created by the organisation Privacy International in the United Kingdom to shame privacy invaders are now held in many countries across Europe and around the world. Germany held their 2012 ceremony only few weeks ago.

2 February 2012

We the terrorists…?

This is how the FBI can consider everyone liking his/her online privacy. Katitza Rodrigez was depicting very finely and accurately the current state of privacy fights right before International Privacy...

9 January 2012

The Arms Race Over The Internet Rages Onward – part 1

2011's Chaos Computer Congress (CCC) was on his 28th edition named “Behind Enemy Lines”. The 28C3, as it is called for shortness, was thus constituted by a myriad of talks and workshops discussing what is to be behind enemy lines. To put it clearly, this idiom is quite ambiguous: for repressive governments, the freedom fighters are the enemy, and vice and versa.