Tag: human rights

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 »

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. In October, a Colombian graduate student will go on trial for sharing an academic paper online. The paper’s author pressed copyright violation charges against Diego Gomez for posting his research on the document-sharing website […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Smartphones and Facebook continue to grow as gateways to online news around the world (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. What does it mean when a password manager gets hacked? (Lily Hay Newman / Slate) 3. European human rights court says sites liable for user comments (Mike Masnick / Techdirt) 4. Net neutrality activists […] more »

by Sumit Galhotra

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. The devastation caused by the earthquakes in Nepal is a reminder of the indispensable role played by relief workers, medical teams, and other key actors on the front lines. Among them […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

Four years ago, a police killing in rural Buckfield, Jamaica was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube. The fatal shooting of a man who was laying on the ground, surrounded by a crowd, with no visible weapons but the rocks at his side, made headlines in Jamaica and unmasked the lies in the police department’s […] more »

by Christoph Koettl

When I started working on human rights crises seven years ago, a promising and groundbreaking way to monitor violations were satellite images. The idea seemed simple enough: a single sensor in space taking pictures of inaccessible conflict zones, such as Darfur. Opening my laptop today in 2014, I have thousands of sensors at my fingertips, […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

“Say hi to your mom,” a young bully says to the 15-year-old boy his posse has surrounded on a park bench. “You will be an Internet celebrity.” The chilling taunt comes 4 minutes into a 20-minute Russian YouTube video of homophobic harassment that went viral last week. It is the most chilling reminder that as […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Twitter fakes real users’ tweets to promote ad platform (SFGate) 2. The rise of the personal franchise site in news (Pressthink) 3. Is Flipboard a partner or competitor for publishers and content creators? Yes (GigaOm) 4. The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity (PandoDaily) 5. Reddit rolls out its front page-changing multireddit […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

In November, one video caught the attention of international observers, news outlets, and criminal prosecutors. It’s the type of video whose images have altered the discussion on the Syrian conflict, and may also revolutionize the role of citizen video in times of war. The scene takes place in an open-walled building off a main road […] more »

by Sam Gregory

When you hear the phrase “cameras everywhere” your first thought may be of ubiquitous surveillance cameras, watching your every move on behalf of the state, private businesses and corporations. On second thought it may conjure up the hundreds of millions of cameras, mobile and Internet connections in the hands of ordinary citizens who are filming, […] more »