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24 August 2014

‘Revolutionary’ Band Laal Speaks Out Against Pakistan's Facebook and YouTube Bans

As Pakistan continues to restrict access to YouTube and Facebook, activist band Laal discusses the silencing effect that these bans have on artists, and discusses the future of free expression.

23 August 2014

A “Liter of Light” to Brighten the Poorest Homes

After downing a bottle of water, most people are probably inclined to toss it. Those people, however, don't realize that they're throwing away an ingenious means of lighting a home.

Indian News Portal Says Thomson Reuters Has ‘Unethical’ Understanding of Copyright

Thomson Reuters sent an email to MediaNama saying it would use and redistribute the portal's content if MediaNama didn't refuse consent within 14 days.

22 August 2014

Crowdsourcing the Investigation of Eastern Ukraine's Russian Ghosts

RuNet Echo

Armchair military experts, social-media archive spelunkers, and ideologues all work together in creating conflicting versions of events in eastern Ukraine, making disinterested analysis and verification very difficult.

Iranian Minister Says Government ‘Never Promised’ to End Web Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT Minister Vaezi's words contradict President Hassan Rouhani's pledge to lift bans on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Indian Broadcaster NDTV's Report on Gaza Rocket Launch Becomes Fodder for Propaganda

NDTV journalists caught militants assembling a rocket in Gaza on camera, but the story has been "distorted by the twin forces of internet virality and the Israel-Palestinian spin machine."

20 August 2014

The Internet Never Forgets: Join a Global Conversation on the EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Global Voices Advocacy

If the 'Right to be Forgotten' were implemented in your country, would it threaten the public interest? Global Voices editors are asking experts worldwide for their thoughts on the issue.

19 August 2014

Freedom of Information and Data Protection Dealt A Blow in Mexico: IFAI Won't Challenge Telecom Law

Disappointment and frustration prevail as the IFAI's decision leaves Mexico's citizens defenseless against the country's crucial new telecom law.

18 August 2014

Bridging the Digital Divide? Facebook and Telcos Bring Free Apps to Zambia

Global Voices Advocacy

The industry partnership provides subscribers with access to select sites and services -- and requires users to create a Facebook account.

15 August 2014

Russia Just Doubled Its Internet Surveillance Program

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

At first glance, "SORM 2.0" seems redundant, but the reform of police surveillance online could vastly expand the reach of the Kremlin.

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