Yearly Archives: 2009

Iran: Twitter becomes focal point of protests

Amid renewed clashes between the Iranian authorities and the reformist Green Movement, social networking sites such as Twitter have again become a focal point of the protests against the Islamic regime. As in the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections in June, anti-government protesters have been posting hundreds of accounts, photos and videos of the […]

Linux Fund and FOSSFA to Promote Open Source in Africa

Linux Fund and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) have pledged to work together to promote Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Africa. From Linux Fund Linux Fund and FOSSFA to Promote Open Source in Africa Blog entry Submitted by Geraldine on 16. December 2009 – 11:48. Linux Fund and […]

Witnesses of crackdown arrested or censored (Iran)

Opposition demonstrations that took place on 27 December 2009 were dispersed with violence and loss of life, and were followed on 28 December by raids by the intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guards on opposition figures and news media and a new wave of hacker attacks on websites. Several journalists, including Emadoldin Baghi, have been arrested. […]

Vietnamese Court Convicts Dissident of Subversion

THAI BINH, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court convicted a former army officer who had pressed for democratic reforms of subversion Monday and sentenced him to 5.5 years in prison as Vietnam stepped up its efforts to crack down on dissent. Tran Anh Kim, 60, was accused of ”working to overthrow the state” by joining […]

Cellphone Encryption Code Is Divulged

BERLIN — A German computer engineer said Monday that he had deciphered and published the secret code used to encrypt most of the world’s digital mobile phone calls, saying it was his attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of global wireless systems. From The New York Times Cellphone Encryption Code Is Divulged By KEVIN […]

Nominations open for the Google and Global Voices Breaking Borders Award

Nominations open December 29, 2009 for the Breaking Borders Award, a new prize created by Google and Global Voices to honor outstanding web projects initiated by individuals or groups that demonstrate courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the Internet to promote freedom of expression. The award is also supported by Thomson Reuters. Deadline is February […]

After China, Search Engines are bowing to the Indian Government and censoring content

After China, it is India’s turn to censor the internet. Bing and Yahoo have started censoring sexually explicit content on the internet. You cannot search for anything that is related to vulgarity. You can’t search for “sex discrimination” because it has the keyword “sex”in it. From Techyoyo After China, Search Engines are bowing to the […]

Xinjiang Internet Blackout (Very) Partially Lifted

Residents of the restive far-western Xinjiang region can finally use the Internet again, after nearly six months of total Internet blackout. From The Wall Street Journal December 29, 2009, 4:54 AM ET Xinjiang Internet Blackout (Very) Partially Lifted Residents of the restive far-western Xinjiang region can finally use the Internet again, after nearly six months […]

We’re Hiring: Psiphon Operator and Outreach Coordinator – Iran

Psiphon Operator and Outreach Coordinator – Iran Psiphon is seeking an exceptionally qualified individual to support our Persian language outreach. We are looking for someone fluent in English and Farsi with a strong understanding and commitment to freedom of expression and an interest in building the best “right to know” software in the world. If […]

Russian hacker gang who ‘stole millions from Citibank’ under investigation

The FBI is investigating the activities of a notorious Russian internet gang amid accusations that it stole tens of millions of dollars from US banks. From The Guardian Russian hacker gang who ‘stole millions from Citibank’ under investigation • Reports of sums taken are exaggerated, bank says • Crime network re-emerges as US cyber chief […]