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Disinformation, surveillance growing threats to democracy – Freedom House

Nov 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

An annual report on online freedom by Freedom House finds evidence of 'advanced social media surveillance programs' in at least 40 of 65 countries analyzed

What's the right to be forgotten? Cyber libel complaint vs Rappler sparks discussion

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

The right to be forgotten empowers an individual to remove a personal information that's out there in the internet

PRESS FREEDOM THREATS. Cyber libel is just one of many threats to press freedom. Journalists and press freedom advocates come together during a Black Friday protest on January 19, 2018.

Russia moves to ban tools used to surf outlawed websites

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:04 PM

A bill instructs Russia s telecommunications watchdog to compile a list of anonymizer services and prohibit any that fail to respect the bans issued on certain websites

Thai junta plans new military unit to curb online dissent

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:23 PM

This comes as the regime expresses mounting concerns over perceived royal defamation with prosecutions skyrocketing since the May 2014 military takeover

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the ASEM summit in Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

NTC to start testing telcos' fixed broadband speed

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Starting next week the National Telecommunications Commission will monitor if Internet service providers are complying with new rules on minimum broadband speed

BROADBAND TESTING. By definition, ISPs will not be able to say they provide broadband unless they give consumers at least 256 kbps. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Be careful who you chat: tips on using messaging apps

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:05 AM

Internet freedom advocates offer advice on how to protect privacy and security when using chat apps like Line WeChat and Kakao Talk

'KNOW RISKS.' Internet freedom advocates say chat app users must know privacy and security risks that come with the messaging craze. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

'Slow but open' PH Internet focus of global summit

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Civil society leaders tech experts NGOs lawyers and governments gather in the Philippines to discuss privacy surveillance and free expression online

INTERNET FREEDOM. RightsCon Southeast Asia, a global conference on digital rights, opens in Manila on Tuesday, March 24. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Wife of lashed Saudi blogger calls for his release

Jan 14, 2015 - 9:55 AM

Ensaf Haidar: My husband Raef Badawi is imprisoned for simply expressing liberal ideas

Online freedom declines, amid NSA effect

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:39 AM

The report by the non government watchdog group Freedom House says online freedom declined in 36 of 65 countries surveyed

Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet

Sep 28, 2014 - 7:59 AM

Tim Berners Lee a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago calls for a bill of rights that will guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users privacy

Kremlin wants to 'protect' Russian web from 'unpredictable West'

Sep 19, 2014 - 5:51 PM

UPDATED President Vladimir Putin will convene September 22 a meeting of the country s Security Council to discuss possible cyber restrictions the respected Vedomosti business daily reports

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives a press conference after a summit in Minsk early on August 27, 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

UK probes Briton's 20-year jailing in Iran for Facebook posts

Jun 01, 2014 - 12:52 AM

There is an ongoing clash in Iran between moderates backed by President Hassan Rouhani and hardliners over Internet freedom

Indonesia bans Vimeo due to 'porn'

May 16, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Indonesia s Ministry of Communications and Information lists a number of different search terms for videos with reported nudity as being pornographic in nature

FILTER. Screen shot of Indonesia's Internet filter.

Roll out red carpet for Internet users, senators told

Mar 03, 2014 - 6:54 PM

The Philippines continues to violate an international treaty on freedom of expression with its libel laws groups say

DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL. The Senate committee on science and technology holds its first hearing on proposed amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Senate PRIB photo

Miriam to Recto: Prioritize crowdsourced Web freedom bill

Feb 21, 2014 - 3:48 PM

Senator Ralph Recto s committee will start hearing cybercrime bills on March 3 two weeks after the Supreme Court declared online libel constitutional

CYBERCRIME PROTESTS. Bloggers, human rights advocates and activists held protests against the Cybercrime Law in October. File photo by Purple Romero

Turkey president signs controversial Internet law into force

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:51 AM

Abdullah Gul said on his Twitter feed he promulgated the law after the government assured him it would soften parts of it through later amendments

Lebanon man sentenced for insulting president on Twitter

Feb 13, 2014 - 12:02 AM

The case is thought to be the first time a Lebanese citizen has been sentenced for views expressed on a social network

PH Internet Freedom Alliance to protest Cybercrime Law at SC

Feb 06, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance sets a series of mass actions to support the global Day We Fight Back campaign against mass surveillance

File photo by Rappler/Purple S. Romero

Turkey lawmakers adopt 'Orwellian' Internet curbs

Feb 06, 2014 - 7:21 AM

UPDATED The text would notably permit the government telecoms agency to block access to websites without court authorization

Turkey lawmakers to debate 'Orwellian' Internet curbs

Feb 05, 2014 - 10:13 PM

The amended law will allow the government to collect communications data about all Internet users without any legal limits

Q and A: What PH can learn from global Internet debate

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Filipino delegates to a global Internet forum say vague laws threatened Internet freedom in the Philippines

Distrust and the post-Snowden Internet

Oct 27, 2013 - 9:58 PM

Surveillance dominates the global debate on Internet policy and erodes trust in the US other governments and companies

Women and the Internet: It’s not just about access

Oct 23, 2013 - 3:04 PM

Women’s rights advocates stress empowering women through the Internet goes beyond access and use of cyberspace

EDUCATING WOMEN. Civil society, business and government leaders talk about the need to educate women to help them maximize the potential of the Internet. The roundtable discussion is part of the Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

'Surveillance hampers freedoms'

Oct 23, 2013 - 7:46 AM

Mass surveillance undermines efforts to promote a free and open Internet says UN leaders at 8th Internet Governance Forum in Indonesia

'ALARMING CHALLENGES.' World leaders express concern about reports of mass surveillance by the US at the opening of the Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

UN forum: Snowden, Asia and the web

Oct 21, 2013 - 8:20 AM

Snowden s revelations of mass surveillance will shape the discussions in the UN Internet Governance Forum in Bali

Cybercrime law mars PH net freedom – global report

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:44 PM

A report of US based Freedom House says Internet freedom in the Philippines declined primarily because of the notorious restrictive and punitive law

Photo by Hoang Vu

Battling Myanmar's outdated cyberspace laws

Sep 07, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Myanmar s cyberspace is opening up but the former junta s old bad habits are proving hard to break

Myanmar: Prison, parliament and the Internet

Sep 06, 2013 - 12:48 PM

In Myanmar netizens turn to cyberspace to fight the draconian laws from its dark past

New letter urges transparency in US surveillance

Jul 19, 2013 - 6:39 PM

Tech giants have formally asked for greater US transparency in its national security and surveillance methods

TRANSPARENCY IN SURVEILLANCE. A coalition of companies, investors, and organizations call for greater transparency in US national security requests

'No anonymous posts in crowdsourcing laws'

Jul 09, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Sen TG Guingona says he prefers that netizens not be allowed to post anonymously when commenting on bills online

FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. Sen TG Guingona says he prefers that netizens not be allowed to post anonymously when commenting on bills posted online. File photo from Guingona's Facebook page

Binay vs e-violence, Miriam for net freedom

Jul 03, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Sen Nancy Binay and Miriam Defensor Santiago file separate bills on Internet policy

LINED UP. Sen Nancy Binay prepares to file her first 15 bills focusing on women and children. Photo by Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal

US whistleblower must be in Iceland to seek asylum

Jun 10, 2013 - 6:51 PM

Iceland says it did not receive an application for asylum from US whistleblower Edward Snowden

WHISTLEBLOWER. Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

Singapore bloggers to protest Internet restrictions

Jun 03, 2013 - 3:51 PM

A coalition of 34 prominent bloggers called Free My Internet will stage the rally on Saturday June 8 a week after the surprise regulations kicked in

ONLINE IN SINGAPORE. A person browses through media websites on a computer in Singapore on May 30, 2013. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore defends Internet licensing rules

May 30, 2013 - 3:17 PM

The surprise requirement which takes effect on Saturday June 1 triggered an outcry in the online community

ONLINE IN SINGAPORE. A person browses through media websites on a computer in Singapore on May 30, 2013. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singaporean online community angered by new media rule

May 29, 2013 - 5:28 PM

It certainly looks like there s political motivation behind this new licensing framework and the motivation seems to be to rein in Yahoo Singapore

Singapore tightens rules on news websites

May 29, 2013 - 9:53 AM

Websites with more than 50 000 unique visitors from Singapore every month and publish one local news article a week must obtain an annual license

Vietnam arrests popular blogger - report

May 27, 2013 - 2:29 PM

Truong Duy Nhat 49 was arrested Sunday at his home in coastal Danang city and escorted to Vietnam s capital Hanoi for questioning

Cyber-attacks show PH 'vulnerability' - group

May 12, 2013 - 2:01 AM

Democracy Net Ph urges the government to take steps to improve cyber security before attacks endanger lives and property

WEAK SECURITY. An Internet group said that the country's cyber-infrastructure is vulnerable to attacks.

N. Korea to offer 3G to foreign visitors

Feb 22, 2013 - 4:10 PM

North Korea opens up mobile 3G for foreigners after easing restrictions on visitors bringing their own devices into the country

NORTH KOREAN 3G. Picture of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum's main monument. Photo by Hanneke Vermeulen off Wikipedia.

Supreme Court Idol: A home run for Disini

Jan 29, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Not only is the term traffic data broad there is no requirement to inform a subject that he is under surveillance unless a warrant for content data is obtained

Web inventor says governments stifling net freedom

Jan 26, 2013 - 7:31 AM

Tim Berners Lee the inventor of the world wide web warns the cybersecurity deal signed at the World Economic Forum limits Internet freedom

Google boss expounds on North Korea trip

Jan 21, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Google chariman Eric Schmidt puts up more information regarding his North Korean trip on Google

NORTH KOREAN CONNECTION. Google's executive chairman notes the tech and connectivity issues in North Korea. Photo from Eric Schmidt on Google+.

Supreme Court Idol: The cyberlibel edition

Jan 21, 2013 - 12:17 PM

As we scrutinize our Supreme Court more closely after the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona we need to pay attention to the actual legal issues brought before it beyond the sound bites

Internet freedom and the universe online

Jan 19, 2013 - 8:58 AM

The idea of Internet freedom is admirable and extending it outward from a single point is also something every person can contribute to

SECOND UNIVERSE. The Internet and the universe inside of it needs to be free.

Google chair wants N. Korea to embrace Internet freedom

Jan 10, 2013 - 3:13 PM

Google s Eric Schmidt wants Internet Freedom for North Korea

GOOGLE DIPLOMACY. Google chairman Eric Schmidt wants Internet freedom for North Korea. Photo from Google.

Alternate Universes: The end of Rappler

Jan 01, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Sadly Rappler may no longer be able to walk with you on that journey to the future

RAPPLER'S END. We say goodbye to Rappler due to the loss of Internet freedom.

Alternate Universes: Rappler in 2014

Jan 01, 2013 - 8:15 PM

2013 was a blessing for us as we were able to help people create social change

RAPPLER LIVES. Rappler supports Internet freedom and is better for it.

Looking forward: The fight for Internet freedom

Jan 01, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Learn about the past present and future of Internet freedoms in this look back and look forward at the worldwide web

INTERNET FREEDOM. Take a look at the past, present, and future of Internet freedom.

PH sides against UN telecoms treaty

Dec 14, 2012 - 4:30 PM

The Philippines sides against a UN telecoms treaty that would have allowed regulation of the Internet

SIDING AGAINST. Delegates at the Formal Heads of Delegation Meeting, WCIT 2012, Dubai U.A.E., 3-14 December 2012. Photo from ITU on Flickr.

Internet users and the free and open Web

Dec 08, 2012 - 12:38 PM

An Internet devoid of freedom and openness has far reaching implications that impacts everyone

ONLINE REGULATION. When the threat of Internet regulation looms, how will you react?