South by and Cyber-censorship: The Monday Round-Up
Submitted by lbeck on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 18:41
Today is the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. In our round-up, we've got lots of articles exploring the various forms of online censorship that can take place in different countries worldwide, as well as some other compelling news stories:
- Reporters without Borders has released their new "Enemies of the Internet" List.
- Iran's Supreme Leader wants to set up an Internet oversight agency.
- At SXSW? EFF has published a recommended list of panels and sessions to attend. Our alum Katherine Maher is speaking on the "Your iPhone is Political: Mobile Democracy" panel.
- The first political viral video in Belarus targeting President Lukashenko passed over 60,000 views last week.
- Curious about the hubbub surrounding #Kony2012? Alum Anna Shaw has written a guide to better understanding the issues of this campaign.
- A new report published by Gallup analyzes the mobile and social media trends for the Palestininan Territories.
- The Technology Liberation Front released a podcast of their interview with Rebecca Mackinnon for her new book, "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom".
- A draft online media law in Lebanon has received criticism from NGOs for its attempts to curtail freedom of expression online.
- Our colleagues on the Aswat program have published their interview with Nejat Bahrami, a prominent Iranian activist, journalist and blogger.
- Twitter is now available in right-to-left reading languages (such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew and Urdu), and Al-Jazeera has launched Al-Jazeera Unplugged, a program dedicated to teaching how to use Facebook and Twitter.
- The Australian government has recommended that blogs with an annual readership of 15,000 or more be subject to the same rules and regulations that govern Australian newspapers and similar media institutions.
- Stanford University has launched a project demonstrating how data visualization is used as a storytelling medium.
- Analysis of China's censorship of local microblogging services has been published by Carnegie Mellon University. Despite pervasive censorship of global social networking platforms, the largest number of Facebook apps developers are based in China.
- Ubuntu 12.04 is providing privacy protections for its users at the OS level.
- Jennifer Palika, founder of Code for America, discusses how to "code" a better government.
- The University of Cambridge evaluates the security of multi-word passphrases.
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