digital rights

labor

Google Jigsaw’s CEO ‘Frustrated and Disappointed’ With His Own Team’s Toxic Culture

Here’s the email Jigsaw’s CEO Jared Cohen sent his team after a Motherboard investigation into the team’s mismanagement.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.3.19
labor

Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet. Behind the Scenes, It Became a Toxic Mess

Google’s internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, leaked documents, and internal messages reveal a grim reality.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.2.19
digital rights

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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Jason Koebler
1.15.18
access now

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.
Samantha Cole
2.17.17
The Hermit Kingdom

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.”
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.16.17
Internet

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.
Nicholas Deleon
11.23.16
News

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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.7.16
News

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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.4.16
News

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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.14.16
Obama

​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.
Sam Gustin
2.25.16
Europe

A Lawyer Told Us Why Your Boss Is Entitled to Snoop on Your Private Messages at Work

A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights says a Romanian company was within its rights to monitor an employee's use of Yahoo Messenger and fire him for sending personal messages.
Miriam Wells
1.13.16
News

Canadian Company Netsweeper to Censor Bahrain’s Internet for $1.2M

Netsweeper is at it again.
Jordan Pearson
1.8.16
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