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New Restrictions on Social Networking Sites in Beijing, China

New rules are aimed at controlling the way Chinese Internet users post messages on social networking sites that have posed challenges to the Chinese Communist Party.
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Social media makes anti-Putin protests "snowball"

"For the first time really the online presence has transformed offline politics," said Konstantin von Eggert, a Russian radio commentator.
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Hacking the Revolution

Hacking the Revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

President Obama may talk a good game about Arab democracy, but he's done nothing to stop Western technology firms from helping repressive regimes crack down on protesters.

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AT&T Hackers Have Terrorist Connections, Say Philippines Police

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in the Philippines have jointly busted a ring of four alleged hackers in Manila with connections to a...
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Turkey: What's Behind the Country's New Internet Filtering System

When Turkish officials announced earlier this year that all internet users would soon be forced to sign up for a government-run filtering program (see this previous post), a loud outcry ensued, with p...
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Syria's Revolutionary iPhone App Helps Fight the Assad Regime

Syria's Revolutionary iPhone App Helps Fight the Assad Regime | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Amid a brutal crackdown, rebels are fighting back on their iPhones. By Babak Dehghanpisheh.
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Human Rights Watch calls on Egypt to release prominent blogger who criticized military

CAIRO — Human Rights Watch has called on Egypt to release a prominent blogger detained by military prosecutors.
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Mother of Egyptian blogger jailed by ruling military on hunger strike to protest his detention

Mother of Egyptian blogger jailed by ruling military on hunger strike to protest his detention | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO — The mother of one of Egypt’s best known activists has gone on hunger strike to protest her son’s detention by the country’s military rulers, the family said on Wednesday.
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Assad's Move Against Facebook

Assad's Move Against Facebook | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rula Jebreal says the dictator’s attempts to control Facebook and other media won’t thwart Syrians trying to oust him.
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Can China control social media revolution?

Can China control social media revolution? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Microblogging is undermining the communist government's control of information, giving people access to information and the chance to speak out, reports the BBC's Michael Bristow.
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 8, 2013 11:47 PM

China and social media revolution.

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Egyptian activists try to bridge digital divide

Egyptian activists try to bridge digital divide | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A group of Egyptian activists are struggling to translate their online influence into real political action by taking the "tweets to the streets."...
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The Martyr Who Wasn’t

The Martyr Who Wasn’t | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Google’s Wael Ghonim was the face of Egypt’s revolution. Now the revolution is struggling. Newsweek tracks down “El Shaheed.
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Syria Uses US Technology in Cyber Crackdown

Syria Uses US Technology in Cyber Crackdown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

As the autocratic regime in Syria brutally cracks down on a pro-democracy opposition, it is using technology developed by an American company, Blue Coat Systems, to suppress dissent and block access to the internet, tech experts say.

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Bahrain police 'detain blogger'

Bahrain police 'detain blogger' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Bahrain detain prominent blogger and rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja during a protest near the capital Manama, reports say.
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India urges screening of internet

India urges screening of internet | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
India asks social networking sites and internet companies to screen and remove content that is defamatory to religious and political leaders.
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Why Syria's arrested blogger, Razan Ghazzawi, is one of my heroes

Why Syria's arrested blogger, Razan Ghazzawi, is one of my heroes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Jillian C York: A consummate activist, let's hope my friend's belief in the power of people is well placed and helps secure her freedom...
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Cyberwar explodes in Syria

Cyberwar explodes in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A familiar digital chime rang on the computer. Someone was calling via Skype from Syria.
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Pakistan bans 'obscene' words on cell phone texts

Texters in Pakistan better start watching their language.
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A face in the crowd: the FSB is watching you!

A face in the crowd: the FSB is watching you! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

President Medvedev has made much of Russia’s need for modernisation and advanced technology. One project piloted in some Moscow metro stations involves face recognition using biometric technology. This can clearly be used as protection against terrorism, but given that the organisation which commissioned the project is the FSB, information gained could also be used for other purposes, say Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

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Senators want probe of NetApp, Blue Coat devices' ties to Syria

Senators want probe of NetApp, Blue Coat devices' ties to Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The two Sunnyvale, Calif.-based companies may have illegally sold Internet-monitoring devices to Syria in violation of a U.S. embargo, three senators suggest in a letter to the Obama administration.
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Central Asia: Censorship 3.0 and the Struggle for Online Free Speech

As they strive to control the flow of information in the Internet Age, Central Asian governments are moving away from a party-hack mentality and assuming the mindset of a hacker.
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WikiWorld: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales talks about censorship, biased journalism, and the Arab Spring.

WikiWorld: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales talks about censorship, biased journalism, and the Arab Spring. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Foreign Policy's Blake Hounshell, along with three other journalists, met with Wales at the third annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), hosted by the state of Qatar. Wales spoke about Wikipedia's expansion plans, biased journalism, and his battle against censorship.

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Egypt's military rulers detain prominent activist. Is he a scapegoat?

Egypt's military rulers detain prominent activist. Is he a scapegoat? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Egypt's military rulers detained activist Alaa Abd El Fattah Sunday for allegedly inciting violence during a protest three weeks ago in which dozens were killed when the military violently attacked the crowd.
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Syria: Prominent Blogger Disappears in Damascus

Syria: Prominent Blogger Disappears in Damascus | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer left his home in Damascus on Monday, October 24, and has not come back. He is a thirty-year-old married father of two and has blogged and participated in numerous solidarity campaigns for Palestine, as well as the blogger campaign against the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights, and campaigns for solidarity with victims of honor crimes. The most recent post on Ghrer's blog focuses on the arrest earlier this year of now-released Syrian blogger Anas Maarawi in the context of freedom in Syria... Activists have put together a Facebook campaign calling for his release and a blog in which they call for Syrian authorities to disclose information about Ghrer and release those detained in violation of the law and human rights.

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Google and governments: The delicate relationship

Google and governments: The delicate relationship | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A new Google transparency report shows that the US leads the world in government requests for information on citizens' online activity.
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