Open Internet News

14th August 2017

New Report Analyses Internet Censorship During Lesotho’s 2017 General Elections

The Kingdom of Lesotho unsuccessfully attempted to shut down access to certain websites twice during the period leading to general elections in June 2017, a new report finds.

As part of his Sub Saharan-Africa Cyber Regionalism and Elections project, Arthur Gwagwa travelled to Maseru, Lesotho, to examine existing internet controls and also monitor internet accessibility during the southern African country’s elections, held on June 3, 2017.…

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12th August 2017

Wikimedia Foundation Releases New Transparency Report, Online and in Print

The Wikimedia Foundation partners with users and contributors around the world to provide free access to knowledge. We value transparency: that’s why we issue our biannual transparency report, publicly disclosing the various requests we receive to alter or remove the user-created content on the Wikimedia projects, or to request nonpublic information about the users themselves. The report also includes stories…

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9th August 2017

Exploring the Role of Algorithms in Online Harmful Speech

Reflections from a recent workshop hosted by the Berkman Klein Center in collaboration with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
By David Talbot and Jeff Fossett
The topic of online harmful speech — from harassment and cyber-bullying to terrorist recruitment and media manipulation — is…

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8th August 2017

Congo Orders Internet Slowdown to Restrict Social Media

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media, a senior telecoms official based in Kinshasa said.
The move comes as opposition is growing to President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his mandate expires in December, with nationwide strikes planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.
On…

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As polls close, Kenya upholds freedom of expression by keeping internet on

Global—Access Now applauds the government of Kenya’s decision to choose freedom of expression over shutting down the internet. Over the course of a closely fought election, early reports show that mobile and fixed line services remained online, enabling election workers to attend to the polls, journalists to report the news, emergency workers to operate efficiently, and for businesses to support…

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7th August 2017

ICT Facts and Figures 2017

The ITU ICT Facts and Figures 2017 features end-2017 estimates for key telecommunication/ICT indicators, including data on mobile-cellular subscriptions, Internet use, fixed- and mobile-broadband services, household ICT access, and more.

New data show that young people are at the forefront of today’s information society: 830 million young people representing more than 80 per cent of the youth population in 104 countries…

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4th August 2017

Major Boost for Free Expression as President Sirleaf Submits Anti-Criminal Libel Bill to Parliament

In a major act of statesmanship before leaving power at the end of the year, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia on July 20, 2017, submitted to Parliament a bill to decriminalize press offenses, particularly, libel.

Titled “An Act to Amend the Liberian Codes Revised, Penal Law of 1978,” the bill is expected to be considered by the legislature and passed…

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2nd August 2017