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Twitter’s Transparency Report: Can It Help Hold Arab Governments to Account?

On Monday, Twitter released its sixth Transparency Report. Covering the last six months of 2014, the report outlines government and other requests to Twitter for account information “typically in connection with criminal investigations,” content removals, and DMCA takedown notices. The company noted a 40% increase in information requests affecting 48% more accounts over the previous […]

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Is Iraq restricting speech on Facebook?

Judiciary spokesman in Iraq AbdelSater El Bayrakdar shared in a press release yesterday that libel and insult on Facebook are punishable crimes, and Facebook will be considered as a media platform from now on. The justification for the new policy, according to the statement, is drawn from Article 4 of the Iraqi penal code (number 111 from […]

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Break the Silence: Campaign for Jailed Human Rights Activists

Update: Watch the report about Alaa and Bassel on Al Jazeera   This statement has been re-published from Global Voices Advocacy. Today, on Human Rights Day, we remind the world of our many friends who have broken the silence of oppression by expressing their thoughts, asking questions, and thinking critically and constructively about how to solve the […]

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Civil Society Groups Issue Statement at the Arab IGF

We are a group of more than 40 civil society organizations, activists, academics, technologists, and human rights advocates who work towards the realization of an open, accessible, and safe Internet. We are deeply concerned about the future role of the Internet in economic and social development and the spread of human rights violations on the […]

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