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8 September 2014

‘Anti-Selfie Bill’ Breeds Discontent in the Philippines

Global Voices Advocacy

A proposed bill in the Philippines would make it illegal to photograph anyone -- even public officials -- without their permission.

For Russian Soldiers in Ukraine, the Mobile Phone May Be as Mighty as the Sword

RuNet Echo

The heyday of social media scoops from inside the Russian war machine may be over. Or maybe not. Some soldiers will always manage to sneak in phones.

7 September 2014

Student in Kerala, India Arrested for Insulting National Anthem

Global Voices Advocacy

Salman Zalman, a philosophy student and an activist from Kerala, was charged with sedition for allegedly disrespecting and insulting the Indian national anthem and also for a Facebook post.

6 September 2014

This Russian Lawmaker Thinks the US Can Take Russia Off The Internet

RuNet Echo

A deputy in the Russian parliament thinks the United States might cut off Russia's internet and suggests Russians take measures to get ready for the information blackout.

5 September 2014

As Ebola Strikes, a Guinean Blogger Laments the Country's Lack of Online Community

"What happened to the Guinean blogosphere? Does Guinea even have a blogosphere to speak of? [...] Aren't we just too often the self-centered, passive spectators of the the world's convulsions?"

4 September 2014

Skeptical Crimean Blogger Now Writes “Only About Politics”

RuNet Echo

Previously filled with interesting or amusing content, with only occasional forays into the world of politics, now Sedelnikov's blog is entirely devoted to covering the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

2 September 2014

ISIS Releases Another Gruesome Beheading Video, Allegedly of US Journalist Steven Sotloff

The three-minute video allegedly shows the beheading of Steven Sotloff, whose work in hotspots across the Middle East has taken him to Bahrain, Syria, Egypt, Libya and Turkey.

1 September 2014

Russian Social Networks Dominate in Ukraine Despite Information War

RuNet Echo

Russian VKontakte and Odnoklassniki networks dominate the social media market in Ukraine, according to new research from Russian Internet giant Yandex.

30 August 2014

Azerbaijan's President Doesn't Really Get Twitter. He Doesn't Really Get Azerbaijan, Either

Azeri president Ilham Aliyev's official Twitter feed is so bad it is funny. But behind the comedy lurks the darker realities Aliyev's bumbling forays into social media are covering up.

29 August 2014

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

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