Global View

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Europe
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. The massive hack of Milan-based surveillance software firm Hacking Team has sent security researchers and tech journalists on what is starting to feel like a never-ending fact-finding mission through the over 400GB of leaked […] more »

Culture
by Erica A. Hernandez

Transparency is inconvenient. It’s inconvenient for the reporter who’s trying to report the news and it’s inconvenient for the government that attempts to hide information. “It is not unique for federal officials to go to great lengths to get around having to turn over documents or respond,” Sharyl Attkisson said during a keynote address last […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

It’s been nearly two years since former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden first leaked to the Guardian that the NSA was spying on American citizens. A new survey from the Pew Research center finds that the revelations of the mass government surveillance programs has definitely impacted the way certain segments of the American population now view their […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Hiba Zayadin

Abdullah Al-Maglooth and Raif Badawi are both Saudi bloggers. They both enjoy a massive online following. But while one of them was honored at the Arab Social Media Awards for employing social media channels to promote positivity and tolerance, the other is serving a ten-year prison sentence, and the very reason for his incarceration is […] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Attempts by the French government last week to use vague legislation to block five websites for “condoning terrorism” would be troubling anywhere, but it is especially tragic coming from the country that gave us the champion of free speech and tolerance, and Voltaire. The move appears to be part of a wider campaign by French authorities […] more »

Global View
by Katie Campbell

While waiting at his dentist’s office in San Francisco, an American named Bill Brady decided to write a letter to Hezbollah. The letter was written in Sharpie and addressed simply to “Hezbollah Beirut, Lebanon.” In it, Brady asked the men responsible for the 1985 kidnapping of Associated Press journalist Terry Anderson to take Brady in […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

Given the amount of time some of us spend online, on social media and on messaging apps, the idea that technology can offer a source of comfort may seem obvious. The reverse might also be a no-brainer — that without technology, some people may feel isolated. But what happens when you apply these understandings to the […] more »

Culture
by Aleszu Bajak

“I’m out there Jerry, and I’m lovin’ every minute of it!” Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld’s wacky neighbor, would roar as he walked into a scene. Kramer was also the television show’s happiest character, according to a mathematical analysis of the sitcom’s scripts conducted by Chris Danforth and Peter Dodds, University of Vermont mathematicians. The pair has been […] more »

Global View
by Tristan Stewart-Robertson

The world’s largest news organization, the BBC, recently published the first part of its Future of News project looking at the state of the industry and where it’s going. This comes as “the Beeb” comes under the microscope by politicians and others before the renewal next year of its Royal Charter, which has to be […] more »

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