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Online Survival Kit from Reporters Without Borders

“Reporters Without Borders has published an Online Survival Kit on its WefightCensorship.org website that has tools and practical advice that will allow you to protect your communications and data. You don’t need to be an IT engineer to learn how to protect the content of your emails and remain anonymous online. The tools and techniquesContinue Reading

Global corruption barometer 2013

Transparency International – Global corruption barometer 2013 “More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years, according to the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption from Transparency International, but survey participants also firmly believe they can make a difference and have the will to take action against graft.Continue Reading

Amnesty International’s 2013 report – The State of the World’s Human Rights

“The Amnesty International Report 2013 documents the state of human rights during 2012. The Foreword and the country-by-country survey of 159 individual countries and territories set out a global overview of human rights violations and abuses inflicted by those in power on those who stand in the way of their vested interests. Human rights defenders, often themselves livingContinue Reading

UN Special Report on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue. United National General Assembly, Human Rights Council, April 17, 2013. “The present report analyses the implications of States’ surveillance of communications for the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedomContinue Reading

Reporters Without Borders – New Report: 39 Predators of Freedom of Information

“Reporters Without Borders is today, World Press Freedom Day, releasing an updated list of 39 Predators of Freedom of Information – presidents, politicians, religious leaders, militias and criminal organizations that censor, imprison, kidnap, torture and kill journalists and other news providers. Powerful, dangerous and violent, these predators consider themselves above the law. “These predators ofContinue Reading

Commentary, action and reason for change – the death of Aaron Swartz

Marcia Hoffman/EFF: “Over the past two years, Aaron was forced to devote much of his energy and resources to fighting a relentless and unjust felony prosecution brought by Justice Department attorneys in Massachusetts. His alleged crimes stemmed from using MIT’s computer network to download millions of academic articles from the online archive JSTOR, allegedly withoutContinue Reading

CRS – Promoting Global Internet Freedom: Policy and Technology

Promoting Global Internet Freedom: Policy and Technology. Patricia Moloney Figliola, Specialist in Internet and Telecommunications Policy, August 30, 2012 “Internet freedom can be promoted in two ways, through legislation that mandates or prohibits certain activities, or through industry self regulation. Current legislation under consideration by Congress, the Global Online Freedom Act of 2011 (H.R. 3605),Continue Reading

Amnesty International – Annual Report 2012

Amnesty International Report 2012 “documents specific restrictions on free speech in at least 91 countries as well as cases of people tortured or otherwise ill-treated in at least 101 countries – in many cases for taking part in demonstrations.”

Human Rights and Technology Sales: How Corporations Can Avoid Assisting Repressive Regimes

Human Rights and Technology Sales: How Corporations Can Avoid Assisting Repressive Regimes, By Cindy Cohn, Trevor Timm, & Jillian C. York – April 2012 “The Electronic Frontier Foundation believes that it’s time for technology companies, especially those selling surveillance and filtering equipment, to step up and ensure that they aren’t assisting foreign governments in committingContinue Reading

EFF: UK Government Proposes Law Monitoring Every Email, Phone Call, and Text Message

EFF: “On Sunday, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron and the Interior Ministry were forced to defend a sweeping wiretapping proposal, which would aim to monitor every single email, text message, and phone call flowing through the whole country. The proposal would likely force all UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to install “black boxes”Continue Reading

Bloggers Under Fire "tracks instances of bloggers, Internet users being threatened, arrested, harassed, harmed

Bloggers Under Fire: “As activists and ordinary citizens around the world are increasingly making use of the Internet to express their opinions and connect with others, many governments are increasing their surveillance and censorship capabilities and taking legal or extrajudicial actions against bloggers and social media users. The threats to netizens are increasing. The CommitteeContinue Reading

Reporters Without Borders – World Press Freedom Index 2011-2012

World Press Freedom Index 2011-2012 – “Syria, Bahrain and Yemen get worst ever rankings – “This year’s index sees many changes in the rankings, changes that reflect a year that was incredibly rich in developments, especially in the Arab world,” Reporters Without Borders said today as it released its 10th annual press freedom index. “ManyContinue Reading