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Topic “Internet”

Article 19 report outlines state of Internet freedom in Brazil

The freedom of expression organization Article 19 announced the release of the report "Digital Freedom in Brazil," which aims to serve as a resource to bring Brazil in agreement with international freedom of expression standards and improve online expression in the South American country. Read more »


Cuban exiles light fireworks to protest Internet censorship


A group of exiled Cuban activists in the United States is planning a fireworks display off Cuba's coast to demand Internet access and freedom of expression on the island on Saturday, Aug. 11, according to the EFE news agency. Read more »


Twitter ordered to release Occupy protester's tweets; NY judge says tweets not protected private speech

Raising concerns about free speech and privacy rights on the Internet, New York City Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. ruled Monday, July 2, that Twitter must turn over to prosecutors three months worth of tweets posted by an Occupy Wall Street protester, as well as subscriber information, reported NBC. The judge indicated that "although private speech was protected, the same did not apply to public comments on Twitter," explained The New York Times. Read more »


U.S., Brazil top list of governments requesting online content be censored, according to Google's transparency report

In its biannual Global Transparency Report, Google reported that in the past six months, the Internet giant has received more than 1,000 requests from governments around the world to take down information, whether YouTube videos or search listings, according to CNET. This "alarming" level of steadily increasing government censorship included 187 requests from the U.S. government to remove 6,192 pieces of content, 42 percent of which Google complied with, Google said. That's a 103 percent increase over the previous six-month period, reported Politico. Read more »


Experts discuss safety and protection in cyberspace during 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas

During the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas' 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, a panel of experts moderated by renowned Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti, director of IDL-Reporteros, warned that while the Internet is an invaluable resource for journalists, it can also become a powerful tool that can be used against them if proper precautions are not taken. The panel, "Safety and Protection on Cyberspace: Threats and Vulnerabilities Facing Journalists and Online Media," was held Monday, May 21, as part of the Forum, which continues through May 22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »


Brazil's new information access law goes into effect

Brazilians can now count on an Information Access Law to obtain data and non-secret government documents without having to provide justification for their information requests. The information access law went into effect on Wednesday, May 16, making Brazil one of 91 countries with freedom of informationlaws, reported ABC News and the newspaper Zero Hora. Also, the decree that regulates this law was signed by President Dilma Rousseff. Read more »


Brazilian blog "Catraca Livre" wins award for best blog in Portuguese

The Deutsche Welle international competition for blogs, The BOBs, awarded the Brazilian Catraca Livre as the best blog in Portuguese this year. Read more »



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