Tag: internet freedom

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. At the U.N.-sponsored Internet Governance Forum in Brazil this week, several activists were stopped from demonstrating in support of Net neutrality and against Facebook’s Internet.org application, which is now known as “Free Basics.” Civil […] more »

by Geoffrey King

Google has taken its first public steps to comply with a troubling ruling by the European Court of Justice establishing a so-called “right to be forgotten” throughout the European Union. The ruling, on May 13, requires that search companies consider individuals’ demands to remove Internet links that reference them, and to give those requests priority over the […] more »

by Jillian C. York

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index last week — a ranking first launched in 2006 intended to track countries that repress online speech, intimidate and arrest bloggers and conduct surveillance of their citizens. Some countries have been mainstays on the annual index, while others have been able to work their way off the list. Two […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. New Pew study: Civic Engagement in the Digital Age (Pew Internet) 2. ChartGirl boxes the news (Reuters) 3. Knight Community Information Challenge applications open May 1 (Knight Digital Media Center) 4. Netflix CEO predicts the future of streaming video (AllThingsD) 5. U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance (CNet) 6. As Wall Street […] more »

by Amy Hong

After the death of Hugo Chavez was announced this week, individuals across the globe — from everyday Venezuelans to Barack Obama to Billy Bragg — took to the Twitterverse to comment on the late Latin American leader’s passing. Some mourned his death, while others expressed vehement support or outright rejection of his political ideologies. This […] more »

by Shawn Crispin

Cyberattacks on news websites and apparent government hacking into journalists’ email accounts have raised new questions about the integrity of media reforms in Burma. The New York Times reported earlier this month that several journalists who regularly cover Burma-related news recently received warning messages from Google that their email accounts may have been hacked by […] more »

by Julie Posetti

Australia’s government is saying that Twitter has bowed to political pressure in response to a tabloid media campaign against trolling and flaming on the service. A spokesperson for the Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has told PBS MediaShift that following a teleconference this week between Twitter’s head of global public policy Colin Crowell, the Minister’s […] more »

by Anne Nelson

The Chinese masses never experience major Western websites, thanks to China’s Great Firewall (along with linguistic and economic barriers). So the Chinese pass their online lives in a parallel universe in which troublesome terms such as “June 4” (anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests) or “Falun Gong” (the banned movement) are filtered out. But […] more »