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Netizen Report: In Chad, You Can Rock the Vote, But Watch Your Back
State authorities in Chad took several stringent measures to control media during the first round of presidential elections this month, including disconnecting the Internet and blocking SMS messages; Local authorities in India, including the governments of Jammu and Kashmir, are responding to the rollout of end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp by demanding that administrators of WhatsApp groups register with the local magistrate; The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies will soon vote on proposed cybercrime legislation that threatens to have a deleterious effect on free expression and privacy; and more. - Global Voices Advox
otf  chad  india  whatsapp  encryption  brazil  privacy  security  censorship  media  elections  access 
23 hours ago by dmcdev
Tor Browser 6.0a5 is released
A new alpha Tor Browser release is available for download in the 6.0a5 distribution directory and on the alpha download page. (here: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en#downloads-alpha) - Tor Project
otf  tor  access  censorship  circumvention  anonymity 
23 hours ago by dmcdev
Psiphon | Beyond Borders
Internet control is inherently unlawful and a blatant disregard for our fundamental human rights.
Psiphon provides the online infrastructure to support and sustain a large user base when governments intervene to block the Internet within their borders.
tools  vpn  censorship  Mobile 
yesterday by paulbradshaw
Russia’s chief internet censor enlists China’s know-how
For an authoritarian government looking to tighten control of an unruly internet, who better to call than the architect of China’s “great firewall”?

That was the thinking of Konstantin Malofeev, a multimillionaire with close links to the Kremlin and Russian Orthodox Church, who has become a key player in Moscow’s drive to tame the web and limit America’s digital influence. - Max Seddon, FT
otf  russia  china  censorship  gfw  export  circumvention  media  censor 
yesterday by dmcdev
Brazilian Cybercrime Bills Threaten Open Internet for 200 Million People by @AndrewDFish
Brazilian Internet freedom activists are nervous. On Wednesday, a committee in the lower house of Congress, the Câmera dos Deputados, will vote on seven proposals ostensibly created to combat cybercrime. Critics argue the combined effect will be to substantially restrict open internet in the country by peeling back the right to anonymity, and providing law enforcement with draconian powers to censor online discourse and examine citizens’ personal data without judicial oversight. - Andrew Fishman, The Intercept
otf  brazil  southamerica  policy  bill  access  censorship  anonymity  privacy 
yesterday by dmcdev
Left Outside the Social-Justice Movement's Small Tent - The Atlantic
Mahad Olad, a high school student, used to be active in “the local social-justice scene” around Minneapolis, Minnesota, attending meetings and leading demonstrations for feminist, LGBT, and anti-racism groups. Then he became disillusioned.
censorship  education  SJW  racism 
2 days ago by Jswindle
How African governments block social media
A small but increasing group of African governments is blocking social media during elections. [BBC's] Clare Spencer asks why and how this is done and how people get around it. - BBC News
otf  africa  censorship  access  social  media  speech  elections 
3 days ago by dmcdev
China Is Finding Ever Creepier Ways To Monitor Its Citizens by @btschiller
According to various reports, the Communist Party has been stepping up efforts to monitor the Chinese population. "Grid Management" refers to both on-the-ground citizen committees and hi-tech surveillance that incorporates "high-speed Internet, high-capacity computers, large databases, sensors and remote equipment." - Ben Schiller, Fast Company
otf  china  censorship  block  GFW  surveillance  monitor  privacy 
3 days ago by dmcdev
Why China muzzled an internet sensation - @AdamMinter
Last autumn, Papi Jiang, a 29-year-old graduate student in Beijing, began posting short, satirical and occasionally profane monologues about daily life in urban China to social media. Within a couple of months, she'd racked up tens of millions of views, earned nearly US$2 million (70 million baht) in private funding and raised hopes that online celebrities might offer a new revenue stream for China's internet companies. Then, last week, it all ended: Papi Jiang's videos abruptly disappeared. - Adam Minter for Bangkok Post
otf  china  censorship  social  GFW  speech  expression  access 
3 days ago by dmcdev
Project Censored
The News that Didn't Make the News and Why. Project Censored educates students and the public about the importance of a truly free press for democratic self-government. We expose and oppose news censorship and we promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking.
censorship  media  politics  activism  news  journalism  broadcast-media 
3 days ago by stephenjgrant
Scores of journalists harassed, detained amid Egypt protests
New York, April 25, 2016--Egyptian authorities should immediately cease detaining and harassing journalists, and allow them to do their jobs, including allowing them to cover street protests, the
censorship  protest  oppression  journalism  egypt 
3 days ago by lorenzk

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