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20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

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.

17 July 2015

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia v. Zone9 Bloggers: Verdict Expected July 20

Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers have appeared in court 30 times in 15 months, and been adjourned each time. "This is no anomaly in Ethiopia’s highly compromised judiciary system," says Endalk Chala.

Cuba Si, Google No: Cuban Officials Rumored to Reject Google's Free WiFi Offer

In the words of a journalist who has resided in Havana since the early 1990s, "They say that when the donation is too large, even the poor become suspicious."

15 July 2015

Netizen Report: Leaked Documents Reveal Egregious Abuse of Power by Venezuela in Twitter Arrests

China moves to "legalize" the Great Firewall, Telegram gets DDoSed, and Russia passes its own Right to Be Forgotten, plus more highlights from the Hacking Team hack.

14 July 2015

Australian Artist Jailed in UAE For Posting “Bad Words” on Facebook

An Australian artist found herself thrown into an Abu Dhabi prison and deported for posting a photograph of a car blocking a disabled parking spot.

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

Bahrain Releases Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Only to Send Another Activist Back to Jail

Bahrain released from prison rights activist Nabeel Rajab, and then renewed the detention of political leader Ibrahim Sharif for 15 days. Is the government playing chess with political dissidents?

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.

10 July 2015

Mexico Was Hacking Team's No. 1 Client for Spyware

At least 14 Mexican states and government agencies had contracts with Hacking Team, the Italy-based spyware company. But only some of them have constitutional authority to monitor citizen communications.