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Stories about Internet governance

21 July 2015

After 6 Years in Jail, the Iranian ‘Blogfather’ Says Today's Internet Has Changed—for the Worse

Derakhshan, a former Global Voices writer, was incarcerated for six years for his blogging. His first English-language piece since his release criticizes the current state of the Internet.

18 July 2015

President Putin Signs Russian ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Into Law

Vladimir Putin signed the "right to be forgotten" search engine law into force, while publicly coming out in support of "minimal restrictions" for the Russian Internet.

11 July 2015

Legalizing the Great Firewall: China's New Cyber Security Law Would Codify Censorship, Shutdowns

A new comprehensive cyber security law in China would legalize censorship, authorize network shutdowns, and make real-name registration mandatory.

23 June 2015

Digital Citizen 3.2

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

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.

11 June 2015

Digital Citizen 3.1

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

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

27 May 2015

Digital Citizen 3.0

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

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

22 May 2015

Netizen Report: Deconstructing Facebook’s Version of the Internet

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Facebook’s Internet.org project seeks to “give the unconnected majority...