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Gary R. Bunt

Internet Censorship 2020

Paul Bischoff, Comparitech, Internet Censorship 2020: A Global Map of Internet Restrictions
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KSA VPNs

Paul Bischoff, Comparitech, Are VPNs legal in Saudi Arabia? A common sense guide
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Malaysia Net Censorship

Malaysiakini, M'sia ranked among the worst in the world for internet freedoms Discover More…

Kashmir's "Internet Express"

Al Jazeera, How 'Internet Express' is helping Kashmiris go online Discover More…

Iran net control

Melissa Etehad & Ramin Mostaghim, LA Times, When Iran blocked the internet, tech experts in the U.S. tried to hack a solution. Here’s why they couldn’t important story (an issue I discussed in 'Hashtag Islam') Discover More…

Social Media Censorship

CJ Werleman, Byline News, Social media platforms are helping to prevent Kashmiri and Palestinian anguish from reaching a global audience, says CJ Werleman. opinion/analysis Discover More…

Updated: Iran Net Shutdown

Background to the internet shutdown in Iran (ongoing)
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Twitter 'censorship'

Afroze Fatima Zaidi, The Canary, Journalists accuse Twitter of ‘censorship’ as it suspends multiple news accounts from Palestine and Lebanon
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Egypt Security Issues

The New Arab, Egyptian security services 'conducting illegal random phone searches' in protest crackdown Discover More…

Uighur Research

Darren Byler, Fast Company, For China’s Muslim minority, the internet was a safe haven—until it wasn’t Discover More…

Kashmir Journalism Risks

Al Jazeera,'We risk everything': Reporting Kashmir amid lockdown, harassment Discover More…

Iranian VPN Use

AP/Arab Weekly, Iranians manage to surf the web despite tide of censorship
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Rakhine Rohingya Net Cut

NYT, The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden? Discover More…

Content Removal Issues

Joe Whittaker, Lawfare, How Content Removal Might Help Terrorists (analysis/opinion)
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Sudan Net Outage

Netblocks, Severe internet outage across Sudan amid reports of Darfur paramilitary attacks
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YouTube v Extremists

NYT, YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views Discover More…

Under Surveillance?

Chip Rolley, Guardian, Opinion, Is Chinese-style surveillance coming to the west?

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Sri Lanka bombing (updated)

CNN, Sri Lanka's social media ban won't solve its misinformation problem
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Uighurs & social media

Darren Byler, Guardian, China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority, 10 Apr 2019
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Tech Censorship

Ryan Broderick & Ellie Hall, Buzzfeed, Tech Platforms Obliterated ISIS Online. They Could Use The Same Tools On White Nationalism.
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Bangadesh censorship

UCA News, Bangladesh's moral police turn the screw
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Uighur Intellectuals Persecuted

NYT, China Targets Prominent Uighur Intellectuals to Erase an Ethnic Identity
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Sudan Net Censorship

Reuters/Salaam Gateway, Sudan restricts social media access to counter protest movement, 2 Jan 2019
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Iran bans Instagram

Telegraph, Iran bans Instagram - where the president has 2 million followers 
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Facebook Yemen Controversy

Metro, Facebook is censoring images of starving children in Yemen for being ‘sexual content’, 17 Dec 2018
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Iran Messaging Apps Policies

Radio Farda, Iran To Tighten Grip On Cyberspace, Messaging Apps, 6 Dec 2018 Discover More…

Deplatforming Impact

Bijan Stephen, The Verge, Death of a provocateur


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Indonesia Censorship

AFP/South China Morning Post, Village in conservative region of Muslim-majority Indonesia yanks Wi-fi over porn-surfing pupils
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Tajikstan internet

Eurasia.net, Tajikistan: Internet censorship surges amid unrest and tax-break reports Discover More…

Arab Government control of Twitter

albawaba.com, Do Arab Governments Control Arabic-Language Twitter? Discover More…
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