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30 July 2015

German Digital Rights Pioneers Investigated for Treason

The last time a German journalist was charged with treason was in 1962, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was prosecuted for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces.

How China's Online Civilization Army Turned a Youth Street Fight into a Patriotic Struggle

"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."

28 July 2015

Russian Censors Threaten to Shut Down Business Website for Writing About Bitcoin

RuNet Echo

Officials today told a Russian business-news website that it must delete or edit within the next three days an article it published about bitcoins.

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

RuNet Echo

Russian censors are now officially adding anonymizing websites to their blacklist registry, on the grounds they enable access to extremist content that is already blocked in Russia.

23 July 2015

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

RuNet Echo

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

22 July 2015

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor says the latest block, spurred by uploaded unauthorized copies of two Russian TV shows, may make all of YouTube unavailable to some RuNet users at the end of July.

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

RuNet Echo

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

18 July 2015

President Putin Signs Russian ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Into Law

RuNet Echo

Vladimir Putin signed the "right to be forgotten" search engine law into force, while publicly coming out in support of "minimal restrictions" for the Russian Internet.

17 July 2015

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia v. Zone9 Bloggers: Verdict Expected July 20

Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers have appeared in court 30 times in 15 months, and been adjourned each time. "This is no anomaly in Ethiopia’s highly compromised judiciary system," says Endalk Chala.

Cuba Si, Google No: Cuban Officials Rumored to Reject Google's Free WiFi Offer

In the words of a journalist who has resided in Havana since the early 1990s, "They say that when the donation is too large, even the poor become suspicious."

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