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  • (Global Voices, Friday, August 29, 2014)

    Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

  • (Electronic Frontier Foundation, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    FF was amongst a handful of user representatives invited to attend the initial scoping meeting of a new global convening called the NETmundial Initiative, which was held today in Geneva. In introducing the event, Virgílio Almeida of Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation gave his prediction that the new Initiative could eventually come to take its place amongst other high-profile Internet governance institutions such as the IGF, ITU and ICANN. If this is so, then we certainly hope that today's meeting doesn't set a standard for the nascent initiative to follow, because it wasn't a promising start. But before explaining why, a little more background information is in order.

  • (Strategy Page, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    In July Russia offered a prize of $111,000 for whoever could deliver, by August 20th, software that would allow Russian security services to identify who was using Tor (The Onion Router), a system that enables users to access the Internet anonymously. On August 22nd Russia announced that an unnamed Russian contractor, with a top security clearance, had received the $111,000. No other details were provided.

  • (Global Voices Advocacy, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    A court has sentenced prominent Vietnamese activist blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh, received sentences of 2 years and 2.5 years, respectively.

  • (Committee to Protect Journalists, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of two journalists and a network employee in Pakistan today, and calls on authorities to investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

  • (The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    Google Tuesday removed a smartphone app called “Disconnect Mobile” from its Android Play store because it violated a policy prohibiting software that interferes with other apps.

  • (Global Post, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    The World Economic Forum on Thursday launched a new initiative on Internet governance cooperation, which will provide a venue for leaders from many regions and sectors of society to discuss and address a range of emerging policy challenges related to Internet.

  • (Center for Democracy and Technology, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meets in Istanbul this year from 1 to 5 September. As with IGF Bali last year, the meeting will be a chance for human rights advocates, members of government, industry representatives, the technical community, academics, and others from around the world to come together and discuss issues related to Internet policy and governance. I’ll be there representing CDT, along with Emma Llanso. We hope that Istanbul will build upon the success of Bali and explore how IGF can be further strengthened to ensure its continuing success.

  • (The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    A court in Hamburg, Germany has said that Uber Technologies Inc.’s cab-hailing service was likely illegal, darkening the San Francisco-based ride sharing company’s prospects in Germany, a key European market. The court also ruled that the company can nevertheless continue operating in Hamburg, the country’s second-largest city, for the time being.

  • (Computing, Thursday, August 28, 2014)

    A three-day protest by online activists has kicked off today at the headquarters of spy agency GCHQ in Cheltenham.