Microsoft and Amazon Enable Censorship Circumvention Tools in Iran. Why Doesn’t Google?
Google blocks a tool called Google App Engine in Iran, indirectly allowing the Iranian government to block apps that piggyback on it to skirt online censorship.
Digital Rights Advocates Want the UN to Stop Social Media Searches at the US Border
Refugees and immigrants are having their digital lives exposed at America’s borders.
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Here’s What Making Cell Phone Calls in North Korea Sounds Like
An American academic has recreated “a taste” of North Korean cell phone service, “without the trip to Pyongyang.”
The Next Stage In Digital Activism Is Brought to You By Fancy Soap
Access Now and Lush have created a special, limited edition bath accessory to raise awareness of digital rights around the world.
Turks Are Flocking to Tor After Government Orders Block of Anti-Censorship Tools
As usual, online censorship seems to have a “Streisand effect” for tools that allow netizens to circumvent blocks.
Turkey Doubles Down on Censorship With Block on VPNs, Tor
The Turkish government takes its fight against the free flow of information online one step further.
Ecuador Briefly Censored Google and YouTube, Leaked Document Shows
A leaked document proves that the Ecuadorian government has been likely doing more online censorship than previously reported.
Obama's Pick For Librarian of Congress Is an Open Access Champion
She's a tech-savvy, open access champion who supporters say could help bring the nation’s largest and most important library into the digital age.
Canadian Company Netsweeper to Censor Bahrain’s Internet for $1.2M
Netsweeper is at it again.
Facebook Has Tweaked Its Controversial 'Real Name' Policy
Facebook wants to make it harder for trolls to get users accounts suspended, and help flagged users keep their accounts.
If this Bill Passes, It Will Protect Your Right to Leave Bad Yelp Reviews
Believe it or not, businesses can still sue you over negative online reviews—for now.
Obama Will Finally Have to Say Whether or Not He Supports Encryption Backdoors
A popular petition has passed 100,000 signatures, meaning the White House must respond.