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18 May 2015

Digital Citizen 2.9

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

15 May 2015

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

14 May 2015

Netizen Report: Are Blogger Assassinations Becoming Routine in Bangladesh?

This week saw the third killing of a Bangladeshi blogger in 2015. In other news, China and Russia conspire on cybersecurity, and Iran blocks women (and Justin Bieber) on Instagram.

13 May 2015

Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan: We Can’t Stay On The Sidelines Anymore

Arzu Geybullayeva calls on Western leaders to speak out on political prisoners in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the European Games.

Open Letter to President Obama From a Bahraini Human Rights Defender

AlMahafdah, a former political detainee in Bahrain, asks President Obama to "be the voice of the people of Bahrain" when he meets the crown prince of the kingdom on Wednesday.

Hong Kong Citizens Want Legal Protections for Their Metadata

Should government agencies really be able to look at Hong Kongers' telephone metadata without any oversight from the courts?

Ananta Bijoy Das Becomes Third Blogger Killed This Year in Bangladesh

Das promoted critical thinking about religion, which sparked the ire of Islamic hardliners in Bangladesh. He was hacked to death by a group of masked people with machetes.

11 May 2015

Selective Truths Revealed: The Case of Iranian Search Engines

Iranian authorities maintain that local search engines can compete with Google and other Western alternatives. A new study by Iran research group Small Media puts these claims to the test.

9 May 2015

“Their Freedom is Their Right”: A Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience in the Arab World

Three human rights organizations launch a social media campaign to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience throughout the Arab World.

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."