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Newsmotion - Technology http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/39/all en Drone Footage of Hungary Protests Against “Internet Tax” http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/drone-footage-hungary-protests-against-%E2%80%9Cinternet-tax%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Drone Footage of Hungary Protests Against “Internet Tax” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 10/30/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hungarians have been rallying in masses against a proposed tax on Internet traffic that many in the country find to be outrageous.</p> <p>The Hungarian government plans to introduce a tax of approximately 0.6 US dollars per gigabyte of Internet traffic. This proposal tipped the scales for many, and tens of thousands went to the streets of the capital Budapest on <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/26/uk-hungary-protests-idUKKBN0IF0X320141026">Sunday</a>, October 26, 2014, and <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/29/uk-hungary-internet-protest-idUKKBN0IH2AO20141029">Tuesday</a>, October 28. The protests in the capital were soon joined by protests in several other cities as well. </p> <p>The Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Ne.legyen.Internetado">page</a> has been used to coordinate these events and has accumulated more than 200,000 likes so far. Protesters raised their mobile phones in the air as a symbolic demonstration to Hungary&#39;s prime minister that they do use the Internet and need it for learning about the world daily. Atlatszo.hu investigative site published <a href="http://video.atlatszo.hu/">videos</a> with footage of drones flying over both protests in Budapest:</p> <p><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/110394933" height="281" width="500" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/110394933"><div class="eminline-wrapper"><div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-1" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/110394933?fullscreen=1&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&autoplay=0" width="425" height="350"></iframe> </div> </div></div></a></p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/atlatszo-hu/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Atlatszo.hu'>Atlatszo.hu</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/30/drone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F&#038;text=Drone+Footage+of+Hungary+Protests+Against+%22Internet+Tax%22&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F&#038;title=Drone+Footage+of+Hungary+Protests+Against+%22Internet+Tax%22' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/30/drone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/30/drone-footage-of-hungary-protests-again...</a> </div> </div> </div> Atlatszo.hu Budapest Citizen Citizen Media Digital Activism English Governance Hungarian Hungary Hungary Quick Reads Technology Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:30:38 +0000 feed 345938 at http://newsmotion.org Drone Footage of Hungary Protests Against “Internet Tax” http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/drone-footage-hungary-protests-against-%E2%80%9Cinternet-tax%E2%80%9D-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Drone Footage of Hungary Protests Against “Internet Tax” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 10/30/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hungarians have been rallying in masses against a proposed tax on Internet traffic that many in the country find to be outrageous.</p> <p>The Hungarian government plans to introduce a tax of approximately 0.6 US dollars per gigabyte of Internet traffic. This proposal tipped the scales for many, and tens of thousands went to the streets of the capital Budapest on <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/26/uk-hungary-protests-idUKKBN0IF0X320141026">Sunday</a>, October 26, 2014, and <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/29/uk-hungary-internet-protest-idUKKBN0IH2AO20141029">Tuesday</a>, October 28. The protests in the capital were soon joined by protests in several other cities as well. </p> <p>The Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Ne.legyen.Internetado">page</a> has been used to coordinate these events and has accumulated more than 200,000 likes so far. Protesters raised their mobile phones in the air as a symbolic demonstration to Hungary&#39;s prime minister that they do use the Internet and need it for learning about the world daily. Atlatszo.hu investigative site published <a href="http://video.atlatszo.hu/">videos</a> with footage of drones flying over both protests in Budapest:</p> <p><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/110394933" height="281" width="500" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/110394933"><div class="eminline-wrapper"><div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-2" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/110394933?fullscreen=1&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&autoplay=0" width="425" height="350"></iframe> </div> </div></div></a></p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/atlatszo-hu/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Atlatszo.hu'>Atlatszo.hu</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/30/drone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F&#038;text=Drone+Footage+of+Hungary+Protests+Against+%22Internet+Tax%22&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F&#038;title=Drone+Footage+of+Hungary+Protests+Against+%22Internet+Tax%22' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F30%2Fdrone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/30/drone-footage-of-hungary-protests-against-internet-tax/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/30/drone-footage-of-hungary-protests-again...</a> </div> </div> </div> Atlatszo.hu Budapest Citizen Citizen Media Digital Activism English Governance Hungarian Hungary Hungary Quick Reads Technology Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:30:38 +0000 feed 346259 at http://newsmotion.org Welcome to the White House: Then and Now http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/welcome-white-house-then-and-now <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to the White House: Then and Now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 10/24/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="intro-paragraph">Whether you noticed or not, WhiteHouse.gov casually turned 20 this past Tuesday. That&rsquo;s right &ndash; it was two decades ago this week that the very first version of WhiteHouse.gov was introduced to the world by the first term of the Clinton administration.</p> <p class="intro-paragraph">We understand that it may have been awhile since you reflected on how far our nation&rsquo;s information infrastructure has come and how much the website of the president has changed, so we wanted to zoom out for a second, recap some of the highlights of how WhiteHouse.gov has progressed, and forecast some future improvements that are currently under way.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/24/welcome-white-house-then-and-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/24/welcome-white-house-then-and-now" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/24/welcome-white-house-then-and-now</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Ashleigh Axios Clinton Digital Government Georgia Inside the White House Official Technology United States We the People White House Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:53:00 +0000 feed 343716 at http://newsmotion.org The New We the People Write API, and What It Means for You: http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-we-people-write-api-and-what-it-means-you <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The New We the People Write API, and What It Means for You: </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 10/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The White House petitions platform, <a href="http://petitions.whitehouse.gov">We the People</a>, just became more accessible and open than ever before. We are very excited to announce the launch of the &quot;write&quot; version of the Petitions Application Programming Interface, or &quot;API.&quot;</p> <p>Starting today, people can sign We the People petitions even when they&rsquo;re not on WhiteHouse.gov. Now, users can also use third-party platforms, including other petitions services, or even their own websites or blogs. All of those signatures, once validated, will count towards a petition&rsquo;s objective of meeting the 100,000-signature threshold needed for an official White House response.</p> <p>We the People started with a simple goal: to give more Americans a way to reach their government. To date, the platform has been more successful than we could have imagined, with more than 16 million users creating and signing more than 360,000 petitions.</p> <p>We <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/04/write-api-we-people">launched our Write API beta test last year</a>, and since then we&rsquo;ve been hard at work, both internally and in collaboration with our beta test participants. Last spring, as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, we hosted a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/03/hackathon-here-white-house">hackathon right here at the White House</a>, where our engineers spent a day sitting side-by-side with our beta testers to help get our code and theirs ready for the big day.</p> <p>That big day has finally come.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/apply-access-we-people-write-api">Click here if you want to get started right away</a>, or read on to learn more about the Petitions Write API.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/23/new-we-people-write-api-and-what-it-means-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/23/new-we-people-write-api-and-what-it-means-you" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/23/new-we-people-write-api-and-what-it-me...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Leigh Heyman Official Technology United States We the People White House Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:24:57 +0000 feed 343130 at http://newsmotion.org Throwback Thursday: A Look Back at the White House Website 20 Years Ago http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/throwback-thursday-look-back-white-house-website-20-years-ago <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Throwback Thursday: A Look Back at the White House Website 20 Years Ago </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 10/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/white_house_home.gif?itok=T-pjvIYM" alt="The Original White House Homepage" title="The Original White House Homepage" width="430" height="386" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> The White House launched its first website twenty years ago, creating new ways for Americans to find information about and interact with the President and the Executive Branch. </p> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://clinton2.nara.gov/WH/images/flag.gif" /><img src="http://clinton2.nara.gov/WH/images/flag.gif" /><img src="http://clinton2.nara.gov/WH/images/flag.gif" /><img src="http://clinton2.nara.gov/WH/images/flag.gif" /></p> <h3> When was the first White House website launched?</h3> <p>The first White House website went live under the Clinton administration 20 years ago in 1994, the same year we were born. As interns in the White House Office of Digital Strategy and children of the 90s, we grew up alongside the several updated versions of the White House website.</p> <p>In a way, we&rsquo;ve shared our awkward teenage years with the site -- including our transition from clip art to emoji, VHS to YouTube videos, and full sentences to 140 characters.</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/23/throwback-thursday-look-back-white-house-website-20-years-ago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/23/throwback-thursday-look-back-white-house-website-20-years-ago" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/23/throwback-thursday-look-back-white-hou...</a> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Al Gore Apollo Barack Obama Betsey Stevenson Bruce Beattie Buzz Aldrin Carol Armstrong Charles Bolden Charlotte Clinton David Hudson eastern Ukraine Garrett Brinker Georgia Iraq Jack Ohman Job Growth It Joe Biden Josh Earnest Kajal Singh Kajal Singh and Zach Sorenson Kansas City Lloyd J. 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Pitts Sylvia Mathews Burwell Syria Technology Tom Frieden Ukraine United Kingdom United States WASHINGTON West Africa White House Woodrow Wilson Zach Sorensen Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:20:32 +0000 feed 343131 at http://newsmotion.org The President’s BuySecure Initiative: Protecting Americans from Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president%E2%80%99s-buysecure-initiative-protecting-americans-credit-card-fraud-and-identity-t <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The President’s BuySecure Initiative: Protecting Americans from Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 10/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p101714ps-0512.jpg?itok=g96DsbSs" alt="President Obama signs Executive Order to provide consumers with more tools to secure their financial future" title="President Obama signs Executive Order to provide consumers with more tools to secure their financial future" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order to provide consumers with more tools to secure their financial future by assisting victims of identity theft, improving the Government’s payment security as a customer and a provider, and accelerating the transition to stronger security technologies and the development of next-generation payment security tools, at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p class="p1">On Friday, President Obama signed <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/17/executive-order-improving-security-consumer-financial-transactions">a new Executive Order</a> &mdash; the first part of the new BuySecure initiative &mdash;&nbsp;that takes critical steps to protect consumers&rsquo; financial security and improve confidence in the marketplace.</p> <p class="p1">The Executive Order itself will help by assisting victims of identity theft, improving the government&rsquo;s payment security as a customer and a provider, and accelerating the transition to stronger security technologies and the development of next-generation payment security tools.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/17/remarks-president-protecting-american-consumers">In remarks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau</a> (CFPB) announcing the new BuySecure initiative, the President highlighted some of the specific steps that his Administration and the private sector are taking to improve Americans&#39; financial security&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;and&nbsp;called on Congress again to enact overdue cybersecurity legislation that will protect Americans, particularly by clarifying companies&#39; obligations when sensitive data is breached.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/17/protecting-americans-credit-card-fraud-and-identity-theft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/17/protecting-americans-credit-card-fraud-and-identity-theft" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/17/protecting-americans-credit-card-fraud...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Chuck Kennedy David Hudson Ellen Richey Financial Reform Jason Oxman Jeff Zients Jeffrey Zients Jim Cicconi Matthew Shay Mike Cook Official Pete Souza Richard Hunt Sandy Kennedy Technology The President United States Washington Washington D.C. White House Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:22:49 +0000 feed 343136 at http://newsmotion.org Bloggers Behind Bars: Ethiopia's Zone9ers and Threats to Online Speech Across the Globe http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-online-speech-across-globe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bloggers Behind Bars: Ethiopia&#039;s Zone9ers and Threats to Online Speech Across the Globe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 10/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-493495" alt="CENSORSHIP" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/CENSORSHIP.jpg" width="800" height="530" />“We want more openness, more transparency,” Ethiopian writer Endalkchew Chala told me in a phone interview. “People deserve choice; people deserve access to the world’s knowledge.” For expressing views like these online, his friends were scheduled to go on trial for terrorism in early August—though the trial was later adjourned to October 15. It briefly <a href="http://www.freemedia.at/newssview/article/ethiopian-court-adjourns-trial-for-imprisoned-ethiopian-bloggers-and-journalists.html">reconvened</a> last week then adjourned again <a href="http://mereja.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=88378">until early November</a>.</p> <p>In July, Ethan Zuckerman wrote a <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/31/the-zone-9-bloggers-are-writing-from-the-outer-ring-of-the-prison-the-nation-itself/">detailed post here on Global Voices</a> describing the origins of the Zone 9 bloggers collective, and why they chose that name, and the implications of their case in Ethiopia. In a nutshell, two years ago Endalk (as his friends and colleagues like to call him) got together with several like-minded young Ethiopian writers and journalists to launch a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_9_bloggers">hard-hitting blog called “Zone9.”</a> The blog’s name derives from Addis Ababa’s infamous Kaliti prison, divided into eight zones with political prisoners confined to Zone Eight. <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/26/six-members-of-blogging-collective-arrested-in-ethiopia/">They chose the name Zone9</a> intending to suggest that the entire nation was becoming a virtual prison—effectively a ninth zone. “All of Ethiopia is part of it,” explains Endalk. In 2011, one inmate, journalist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskinder_Nega">Eskinder Nega</a>, was arrested for the seventh time after writing a column, which ironically criticized the Ethiopian government’s habit of arresting journalists on terrorism charges.</p> <p>Such edginess was too much for their government to take. <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/26/six-members-of-blogging-collective-arrested-in-ethiopia/">Six of the Zone9 bloggers were arrested</a> this past April. Three months later, they were formally <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/18/zone-9-bloggers-charged-with-terrorism-in-ethiopia/">charged with terrorism</a> and “related activities.” Endalk, pursuing a graduate degree in Portland, Oregon when the arrests took place, is now their informal spokesperson, blogging and tweeting the latest developments. The group’s alleged <a href="http://trialtrackerblog.org/2014/08/12/full-translation-of-zone9ers-charge-sheet/comment-page-1/#comment-129">crimes include</a> attending trainings by international technical experts on how to use software tools to shield themselves from electronic surveillance. They are also accused of clandestinely organizing themselves into a blogger collective—a bizarre accusation given that Zone9 is a public website.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the past two years, Endalk and four other Zone9 members also ran the <a href="http://am.globalvoicesonline.org/">Amharic edition</a> of Global Voices Online. The group translated to Amharic (the dominant local language in Ethiopia) Global Voices posts written by contributors from around the world—particularly those related to activism, freedom of expression, and censorship— of strong relevance to an Ethiopian audience whose state-controlled media is heavily censored.</p> <h2>Bars around the world</h2> <p>The Zone9 bloggers are not the only Global Voices contributors who recently found themselves behind bars, as governments in a growing list of nations have recognized that modern-day connectivity can prove a lethal challenge to their legitimacy and very existence.</p> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil">Bassel Khartabil</a>, a Syrian-Palestinian computer engineer and open Internet advocate, has been imprisoned in Damascus since March 2012. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaa_Abd_El-Fattah">Alaa Abd El Fattah</a>, an Egyptian activist and blogger <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/06/13/get-the-facts-the-case-of-jailed-egyptian-activist-alaa-abd-el-fattah/">arrested in November 2013</a> for violating Egypt’s new Protest Law, was dealt a 15-year jail sentence along with 25 other activists this past June. He is currently <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/egyptian-blogger-alaa-abd-el-fattah-released-on-bail/">free on bail</a>, but already facing <a href="http://www.madamasr.com/news/alaa-abd-el-fattah-sentenced-month-prison">new legal challenges</a>&nbsp;allegedly due to his behavior while in prison. <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/freesodiqov-scholar-and-gv-author-detained-in-tajikistan/">Tajik author Alex Sodiqov</a>—a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto—was arrested while carrying out academic research in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikstan. Eventually he was accused of espionage. While he has since been released and allowed to <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/global-voices-alexander-sodiqov-is-safe-with-his-family-in-toronto-canada/">return to Canada</a>, he has yet to be cleared of the charges.</p> <p>The idea for the Global Voices network came out of a 2004 meeting of bloggers from around the world. It was a time of heady optimism, when bloggers seemed poised to break down barriers and help create a better world. We created a website with the tagline “The world is talking. Are you listening?” <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/about/gv-manifesto/">As our manifesto put it:</a></p> <p>“Thanks to new tools, speech need no longer be controlled by those who own the means of publishing and distribution, or by governments that would restrict thought and communication. Now, anyone can wield the power of the press. Everyone can tell their stories to the world.”&nbsp;</p> <p>We recruited editors and volunteers from across the globe who helped to curate, translate, and contextualize what bloggers were saying about their countries and regions—what they were observing in their communities, and how people around them were reacting to world events. Eventually, the site came to be translated back and forth in over two dozen languages, mainly by volunteers like the Zone9ers.</p> <p>Digital connectivity can indeed be revolutionary. In the 21st century, networked technologies are a necessary condition for social and political change. But over the past decade we’ve learned they are insufficient on their own to prevent widespread and systematic human rights violations&#8211;let alone bring about a more democratic and just world.</p> <h2>Battling empowerment</h2> <p>Governments are fighting back against the Internet’s empowering, decentralized character. They are upgrading their own institutional, military, and technical power. They are passing laws criminalizing various forms of online speech and enforcing those laws with police, security, and intelligence forces. Law enforcement and intelligence services of democracies, as well as dictatorships, are pushing their powers of surveillance to the limit. Many governments are also finding new and creative ways to control through their legal and technical powers what people can and especially cannot do on the Internet and with mobile devices.</p> <p>The Ethiopian government is a case in point. It has <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/05/03/ethiopia-terrorism-law-decimates-media">revised the law</a> so that practically anybody who uses the Internet to build a movement around a common ideal, or conduct independent journalism, can potentially be charged with terrorism. <a href="http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2013/ethiopia">Internet access</a> is available only through the state-controlled monopoly, Ethio Telecom, which keeps prices artificially high and beyond the reach of most. Those who can access the Internet do so through heavily monitored cybercafés. They must navigate censorship of overseas dissident websites, and face pervasive surveillance thanks to technologies purchased not only from Chinese companies but from European firms like Gamma, a German company that sells remote monitoring systems, and Hacking Team, an Italian firm specializing in spyware.</p> <p>Anything the Zone9 bloggers ever did online can potentially be used against them without constraint.</p> <p>The attack by governments on Internet freedom is by no means limited to authoritarian dictatorships. This year, alongside the usual suspects like North Korea, Cuba, and China, <a href="http://12mars.rsf.org/2014-en/enemies-of-the-internet-2014-entities-at-the-heart-of-censorship-and-surveillance/">Reporters Without Borders</a> listed the Indian government’s Centre for Development of Telematics as one of the 20 biggest “enemies of the Internet,” thanks to its role in developing a clandestine mass electronic surveillance and data mining program for deployment on nationwide networks.</p> <p>The United Kingdom also made the list, winning the title “world champion of surveillance,” due largely to the work of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which has developed the world’s largest data collection and communications-monitoring system. Last month the British authorities invoked emergency powers to pass a new law allowing the government to issue warrants to companies for data stored outside UK jurisdiction—effectively legalizing its already sweeping technical power to spy on much of the world. As former NSA contractor Edward Snowden put it, “they are worse than the U.S.”</p> <p>The problem has been compounded by Internet and telecommunications companies pursuing short-term business interests 
without considering 
the impact of their 
behavior on Internet 
users’ rights. We have 
all unfortunately allowed companies to 
track, collect, and
 sell vast amounts of
 personal information
 without even realizing what was happening. As American
 security guru <a href="https://www.schneier.com/">Bruce
 Schneier</a> likes to say: “Surveillance is the 
business model of the Internet.”</p> <p>How convenient for the NSA, which, until Snowden blew the whistle, had relatively easy access to the communications and stored data of U.S. Internet companies. Now many of these companies have recognized that this situation is not actually sustainable for their business in the long run. Without basic levels of trust from individuals and businesses that rely on the Internet, its platforms, and networks, the economic value of the Internet (along with its political and social value) will diminish over time. That is precisely why major companies like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are now <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-google-microsoft-unite-against-nsa-spying-program/">calling publicly</a> for legal limitations on the NSA’s powers, as well as increased government transparency on matters of surveillance.</p> <h2>Cybersovereigns</h2> <p>These sovereigns of cyberspace—an apt term because of the rules and parameters they set on their services, on which we have come increasingly to depend—have become a form of transnational private governance. The Internet is replete with corporate and government gatekeepers. It’s patrolled by a variety of virtual police seeking to enforce government laws and company terms of service. These gatekeepers and police must be held publicly accountable in a way that can constrain them from abusing their power.</p> <p>It is up to all of us, as citizens of nations and as denizens of a globally interconnected Internet, to keep pushing for accountability in how our digital lives are shaped and governed by all who wield power over us. If digital connectivity is to fulfill its clear potential, nations’ legal frameworks governing Internet companies, as well as users, must embrace the protection and exercise of basic human rights. The technical standards and business practices of companies must be compatible with the kind of open, democratic world we seek to create.</p> <p>We are far from reaching that goal, but some important steps are being taken in the right direction. Legal reform efforts to curb government surveillance powers in the United States are making headway. Initiatives are being built to hold tech companies to basic human rights standards, including freedom of expression and privacy. Global Voices is working with a worldwide community of people ready to fight for their online freedoms, working with other trans-national groups advocating an open Internet.&nbsp;</p> <p>As we think globally, those of living in democratic countries must not forget that Internet freedom starts at home. If we cannot figure out how to constrain government and corporate power over digital networks people depend on, we should prepare to join our Ethiopian friends in Zone9.</p> <p><strong>Also read:&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/31/the-zone-9-bloggers-are-writing-from-the-outer-ring-of-the-prison-the-nation-itself/">The Zone 9 Bloggers Are Writing From the Outer Ring of the Prison, the Nation Itself</a></strong></p> <div class="notes"><span style="color: #888888;"><em> This post was originally published in the <a href="http://www.worldpolicy.org/journal/fall2014/joining-zone-nine">World Policy Journal&#39;s 2014 Fall edition Connectivity.&nbsp;</a></em></span></div> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/rmackinnon/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rebecca MacKinnon'>Rebecca MacKinnon</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/17/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F&#038;text=Bloggers+Behind+Bars%3A+Ethiopia%27s+Zone9ers+and+Threats+to+Online+Speech+Across+the+Globe&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F&#038;title=Bloggers+Behind+Bars%3A+Ethiopia%27s+Zone9ers+and+Threats+to+Online+Speech+Across+the+Globe' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/17/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/17/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers...</a> </div> </div> </div> Canada China Citizen Citizen Media Cuba Damascus Ethiopia Ethiopia Feature Global Voices Advocacy Human Rights Portland Rebecca MacKinnon sub-Saharan Africa Technology The Bridge United Kingdom United States Weblog Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:24:41 +0000 feed 340688 at http://newsmotion.org Bloggers Behind Bars: Ethiopia's Zone9ers and Threats to Online Speech Across the Globe http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-online-speech-across-globe-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bloggers Behind Bars: Ethiopia&#039;s Zone9ers and Threats to Online Speech Across the Globe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 10/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-493495" alt="CENSORSHIP" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/CENSORSHIP.jpg" width="800" height="530" />“We want more openness, more transparency,” Ethiopian writer Endalkchew Chala told me in a phone interview. “People deserve choice; people deserve access to the world’s knowledge.” For expressing views like these online, his friends were scheduled to go on trial for terrorism in early August—though the trial was later adjourned to October 15. It briefly <a href="http://www.freemedia.at/newssview/article/ethiopian-court-adjourns-trial-for-imprisoned-ethiopian-bloggers-and-journalists.html">reconvened</a> last week then adjourned again <a href="http://mereja.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=88378">until early November</a>.</p> <p>In July, Ethan Zuckerman wrote a <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/31/the-zone-9-bloggers-are-writing-from-the-outer-ring-of-the-prison-the-nation-itself/">detailed post here on Global Voices</a> describing the origins of the Zone 9 bloggers collective, and why they chose that name, and the implications of their case in Ethiopia. In a nutshell, two years ago Endalk (as his friends and colleagues like to call him) got together with several like-minded young Ethiopian writers and journalists to launch a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_9_bloggers">hard-hitting blog called “Zone9.”</a> The blog’s name derives from Addis Ababa’s infamous Kaliti prison, divided into eight zones with political prisoners confined to Zone Eight. <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/26/six-members-of-blogging-collective-arrested-in-ethiopia/">They chose the name Zone9</a> intending to suggest that the entire nation was becoming a virtual prison—effectively a ninth zone. “All of Ethiopia is part of it,” explains Endalk. In 2011, one inmate, journalist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskinder_Nega">Eskinder Nega</a>, was arrested for the seventh time after writing a column, which ironically criticized the Ethiopian government’s habit of arresting journalists on terrorism charges.</p> <p>Such edginess was too much for their government to take. <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/26/six-members-of-blogging-collective-arrested-in-ethiopia/">Six of the Zone9 bloggers were arrested</a> this past April. Three months later, they were formally <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/18/zone-9-bloggers-charged-with-terrorism-in-ethiopia/">charged with terrorism</a> and “related activities.” Endalk, pursuing a graduate degree in Portland, Oregon when the arrests took place, is now their informal spokesperson, blogging and tweeting the latest developments. The group’s alleged <a href="http://trialtrackerblog.org/2014/08/12/full-translation-of-zone9ers-charge-sheet/comment-page-1/#comment-129">crimes include</a> attending trainings by international technical experts on how to use software tools to shield themselves from electronic surveillance. They are also accused of clandestinely organizing themselves into a blogger collective—a bizarre accusation given that Zone9 is a public website.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the past two years, Endalk and four other Zone9 members also ran the <a href="http://am.globalvoicesonline.org/">Amharic edition</a> of Global Voices Online. The group translated to Amharic (the dominant local language in Ethiopia) Global Voices posts written by contributors from around the world—particularly those related to activism, freedom of expression, and censorship— of strong relevance to an Ethiopian audience whose state-controlled media is heavily censored.</p> <h2>Bars around the world</h2> <p>The Zone9 bloggers are not the only Global Voices contributors who recently found themselves behind bars, as governments in a growing list of nations have recognized that modern-day connectivity can prove a lethal challenge to their legitimacy and very existence.</p> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil">Bassel Khartabil</a>, a Syrian-Palestinian computer engineer and open Internet advocate, has been imprisoned in Damascus since March 2012. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaa_Abd_El-Fattah">Alaa Abd El Fattah</a>, an Egyptian activist and blogger <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/06/13/get-the-facts-the-case-of-jailed-egyptian-activist-alaa-abd-el-fattah/">arrested in November 2013</a> for violating Egypt’s new Protest Law, was dealt a 15-year jail sentence along with 25 other activists this past June. He is currently <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/15/egyptian-blogger-alaa-abd-el-fattah-released-on-bail/">free on bail</a>, but already facing <a href="http://www.madamasr.com/news/alaa-abd-el-fattah-sentenced-month-prison">new legal challenges</a>&nbsp;allegedly due to his behavior while in prison. <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/freesodiqov-scholar-and-gv-author-detained-in-tajikistan/">Tajik author Alex Sodiqov</a>—a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto—was arrested while carrying out academic research in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikstan. Eventually he was accused of espionage. While he has since been released and allowed to <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/12/global-voices-alexander-sodiqov-is-safe-with-his-family-in-toronto-canada/">return to Canada</a>, he has yet to be cleared of the charges.</p> <p>The idea for the Global Voices network came out of a 2004 meeting of bloggers from around the world. It was a time of heady optimism, when bloggers seemed poised to break down barriers and help create a better world. We created a website with the tagline “The world is talking. Are you listening?” <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/about/gv-manifesto/">As our manifesto put it:</a></p> <p>“Thanks to new tools, speech need no longer be controlled by those who own the means of publishing and distribution, or by governments that would restrict thought and communication. Now, anyone can wield the power of the press. Everyone can tell their stories to the world.”&nbsp;</p> <p>We recruited editors and volunteers from across the globe who helped to curate, translate, and contextualize what bloggers were saying about their countries and regions—what they were observing in their communities, and how people around them were reacting to world events. Eventually, the site came to be translated back and forth in over two dozen languages, mainly by volunteers like the Zone9ers.</p> <p>Digital connectivity can indeed be revolutionary. In the 21st century, networked technologies are a necessary condition for social and political change. But over the past decade we’ve learned they are insufficient on their own to prevent widespread and systematic human rights violations&#8211;let alone bring about a more democratic and just world.</p> <h2>Battling empowerment</h2> <p>Governments are fighting back against the Internet’s empowering, decentralized character. They are upgrading their own institutional, military, and technical power. They are passing laws criminalizing various forms of online speech and enforcing those laws with police, security, and intelligence forces. Law enforcement and intelligence services of democracies, as well as dictatorships, are pushing their powers of surveillance to the limit. Many governments are also finding new and creative ways to control through their legal and technical powers what people can and especially cannot do on the Internet and with mobile devices.</p> <p>The Ethiopian government is a case in point. It has <a href="http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/05/03/ethiopia-terrorism-law-decimates-media">revised the law</a> so that practically anybody who uses the Internet to build a movement around a common ideal, or conduct independent journalism, can potentially be charged with terrorism. <a href="http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2013/ethiopia">Internet access</a> is available only through the state-controlled monopoly, Ethio Telecom, which keeps prices artificially high and beyond the reach of most. Those who can access the Internet do so through heavily monitored cybercafés. They must navigate censorship of overseas dissident websites, and face pervasive surveillance thanks to technologies purchased not only from Chinese companies but from European firms like Gamma, a German company that sells remote monitoring systems, and Hacking Team, an Italian firm specializing in spyware.</p> <p>Anything the Zone9 bloggers ever did online can potentially be used against them without constraint.</p> <p>The attack by governments on Internet freedom is by no means limited to authoritarian dictatorships. This year, alongside the usual suspects like North Korea, Cuba, and China, <a href="http://12mars.rsf.org/2014-en/enemies-of-the-internet-2014-entities-at-the-heart-of-censorship-and-surveillance/">Reporters Without Borders</a> listed the Indian government’s Centre for Development of Telematics as one of the 20 biggest “enemies of the Internet,” thanks to its role in developing a clandestine mass electronic surveillance and data mining program for deployment on nationwide networks.</p> <p>The United Kingdom also made the list, winning the title “world champion of surveillance,” due largely to the work of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which has developed the world’s largest data collection and communications-monitoring system. Last month the British authorities invoked emergency powers to pass a new law allowing the government to issue warrants to companies for data stored outside UK jurisdiction—effectively legalizing its already sweeping technical power to spy on much of the world. As former NSA contractor Edward Snowden put it, “they are worse than the U.S.”</p> <p>The problem has been compounded by Internet and telecommunications companies pursuing short-term business interests 
without considering 
the impact of their 
behavior on Internet 
users’ rights. We have 
all unfortunately allowed companies to 
track, collect, and
 sell vast amounts of
 personal information
 without even realizing what was happening. As American
 security guru <a href="https://www.schneier.com/">Bruce
 Schneier</a> likes to say: “Surveillance is the 
business model of the Internet.”</p> <p>How convenient for the NSA, which, until Snowden blew the whistle, had relatively easy access to the communications and stored data of U.S. Internet companies. Now many of these companies have recognized that this situation is not actually sustainable for their business in the long run. Without basic levels of trust from individuals and businesses that rely on the Internet, its platforms, and networks, the economic value of the Internet (along with its political and social value) will diminish over time. That is precisely why major companies like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are now <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-google-microsoft-unite-against-nsa-spying-program/">calling publicly</a> for legal limitations on the NSA’s powers, as well as increased government transparency on matters of surveillance.</p> <h2>Cybersovereigns</h2> <p>These sovereigns of cyberspace—an apt term because of the rules and parameters they set on their services, on which we have come increasingly to depend—have become a form of transnational private governance. The Internet is replete with corporate and government gatekeepers. It’s patrolled by a variety of virtual police seeking to enforce government laws and company terms of service. These gatekeepers and police must be held publicly accountable in a way that can constrain them from abusing their power.</p> <p>It is up to all of us, as citizens of nations and as denizens of a globally interconnected Internet, to keep pushing for accountability in how our digital lives are shaped and governed by all who wield power over us. If digital connectivity is to fulfill its clear potential, nations’ legal frameworks governing Internet companies, as well as users, must embrace the protection and exercise of basic human rights. The technical standards and business practices of companies must be compatible with the kind of open, democratic world we seek to create.</p> <p>We are far from reaching that goal, but some important steps are being taken in the right direction. Legal reform efforts to curb government surveillance powers in the United States are making headway. Initiatives are being built to hold tech companies to basic human rights standards, including freedom of expression and privacy. Global Voices is working with a worldwide community of people ready to fight for their online freedoms, working with other trans-national groups advocating an open Internet.&nbsp;</p> <p>As we think globally, those of living in democratic countries must not forget that Internet freedom starts at home. If we cannot figure out how to constrain government and corporate power over digital networks people depend on, we should prepare to join our Ethiopian friends in Zone9.</p> <p><strong>Also read:&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/31/the-zone-9-bloggers-are-writing-from-the-outer-ring-of-the-prison-the-nation-itself/">The Zone 9 Bloggers Are Writing From the Outer Ring of the Prison, the Nation Itself</a></strong></p> <div class="notes"><span style="color: #888888;"><em> This post was originally published in the <a href="http://www.worldpolicy.org/journal/fall2014/joining-zone-nine">World Policy Journal&#39;s 2014 Fall edition Connectivity.&nbsp;</a></em></span></div> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/rmackinnon/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rebecca MacKinnon'>Rebecca MacKinnon</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/17/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F&#038;text=Bloggers+Behind+Bars%3A+Ethiopia%27s+Zone9ers+and+Threats+to+Online+Speech+Across+the+Globe&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F&#038;title=Bloggers+Behind+Bars%3A+Ethiopia%27s+Zone9ers+and+Threats+to+Online+Speech+Across+the+Globe' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F17%2Fbloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/17/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers-and-threats-to-online-speech-across-the-globe/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/17/bloggers-behind-bars-ethiopias-zone9ers...</a> </div> </div> </div> Canada China Citizen Citizen Media Cuba Damascus Ethiopia Ethiopia Feature Global Voices Advocacy Human Rights Portland Rebecca MacKinnon sub-Saharan Africa Technology The Bridge United Kingdom United States Weblog Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:24:41 +0000 feed 340883 at http://newsmotion.org An Indian Photoblogger's Lone Fight Against Plagiarism http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-against-plagiarism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Indian Photoblogger&#039;s Lone Fight Against Plagiarism </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 10/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_494167" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 715px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/AnirbanSahaPhotography/photos/a.681672511910283.1073741845.118243818253158/681678188576382/?type=3&amp;theater"><img src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/photography-715x600.jpg" alt="Term of copyright in photographs:- Length of copyright -50 years. Graphics by Anirban Saha. Used with Permission." width="715" height="600" class="size-large wp-image-494167" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Term of copyright in photographs:- Length of copyright -50 years. Graphics by Anirban Saha. Used with Permission.</p></div> <p>Indian photoblogger <a href="http://www.anirbansaha.com/plagiarism-photo-churi-tmc-bjp/">Anirban Saha</a> points to a growing problem in India &#8212; plagiarism of intellectual property online. A number of his photos were used in a poster for a theatre festival, on a cover of a book, in an advertisement by the state government, in political banners, in magazines in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and a school publication without his consent.</p> <p>He writes that Indian copyright laws protect intellectual property, but there is not much awareness:</p> <blockquote><p>We can spread the awareness of intellectual property rights, share contact details of lawyers who have already fought similar cases. We should be more aware of safeguarding our creations and spreading the awareness to create a better world. Read about <a href="http://www.ircc.iitb.ac.in/webnew/Indian%20Copyright%20Act%201957.html">Indian Copyright Act 1957</a>. More than the artists who still now are a minority, it is you readers who can make a difference. You need to be aware and spread the awareness.</p></blockquote> <p>Anirban Saha also publishes <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.681672511910283.1073741845.118243818253158&amp;type=3">a number of graphics</a> to make the Indian copyright laws easier to understand.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/rezwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rezwan'>Rezwan</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/16/an-indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-against-plagiarism/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F16%2Fan-indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-against-plagiarism%2F&#038;text=An+Indian+Photoblogger%27s+Lone+Fight+Against+Plagiarism&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F16%2Fan-indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-against-plagiarism%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F16%2Fan-indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-against-plagiarism%2F&#038;title=An+Indian+Photoblogger%27s+Lone+Fight+Against+Plagiarism' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F16%2Fan-indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-against-plagiarism%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/16/an-indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-against-plagiarism/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/16/an-indian-photobloggers-lone-fight-agai...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bangladesh Citizen Citizen Media Digital Activism Economics & Business English Human Rights India India Law Media & Journalism Photography Quick Reads Rezwan South Asia Sri Lanka Technology Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:07:44 +0000 feed 340700 at http://newsmotion.org Facebook's Zuckerberg Promotes Greater Internet Access in Indonesia http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/facebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-internet-access-indonesia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook&#039;s Zuckerberg Promotes Greater Internet Access in Indonesia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 10/15/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_493779" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 720px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/IrHJokoWidodo/photos/a.337015596450560.1073741838.329509440534509/399257716893014/?type=1"><img class="size-full wp-image-493779 " alt="Indonesia's President-elect Jokowi with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/jokowi.jpg" width="720" height="498" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Indonesia&#39;s President-elect Jokowi with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. &#8220;Facebook as social media is able to link the people with leaders who turn to their people for inspiration. -Joko Widodo (Jokowi)&#8221;</p></div> <p>Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg <a href="http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/10/10/182651/2715727/398/2/tiba-di-indonesia-ini-agenda-mark-zuckerberg">is visiting Indonesia</a> to campaign for wider Internet access in the country.</p> <p>On his official page, Zuckerberg talked about his experience visiting the Buddhist temple <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borobudur">Borobudur</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101691817291381&amp;set=a.529237706231.2034669.4&amp;type=1&amp;permPage=1">Mark Zuckerberg</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>I just arrived in Indonesia and hiked up Borobudur to watch the sunrise. Tomorrow for Internet.org I&#39;m looking forward to meeting with developers, operator partners and government leaders in Jakarta.</p></blockquote> <p>&nbsp;Despite his star status, it seems not everyone knew who he is:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mark Zuckerberg Nikmati Sunrise di Borobudur Tanpa Layanan VIP <a href="http://t.co/EwfpM77ekE">http://t.co/EwfpM77ekE</a> — YOGYA ISTIMEWA (@YogyaIstimewa) <a href="https://twitter.com/YogyaIstimewa/status/521602448725901312">October 13, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>&nbsp;Mark Zuckerberg enjoying the sunrise in Borobudur without VIP treatment</p></blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ha ha ha they didn&#39;t know who is Mark Zuckerberg so they asked him to take photo <a href="http://t.co/re1C9cBbLc">pic.twitter.com/re1C9cBbLc</a> — Christien (@mchristien) <a href="https://twitter.com/mchristien/status/521574937635467265">October 13, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Zuckerberg also met the incoming president Joko Widodo (Jokowi):</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/IrHJokoWidodo/photos/a.337015596450560.1073741838.329509440534509/399257716893014/?type=1">Ir H Joko Widodo</a> Hari ini saya gembira karena mendapat kesempatan &#8216;blusukan&#8217; bersama Founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg ke Pasar Blok A Tanah Abang Jakarta Pusat.</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>I&#39;m happy to get the chance to visit Blok A Market in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta with founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p></blockquote> <p>Zuckerberg was <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101694621736251&amp;set=a.529237706231.2034669.4&amp;type=1">impressed</a> to learn that Jokowi maximized social media tools to connect with voters and constituents:</p> <blockquote><p>This morning I met with President-elect <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JKWofficial" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=249750628565406">Joko Widodo</a> and we discussed the opportunities and challenges of connecting everyone in Indonesia.</p> <p>He has an amazing perspective since he ran much of his presidential election campaign through Facebook and the internet in order to communicate directly with all 250 million Indonesians.</p></blockquote> <p>He also highlighted the unique leadership style of Jokowi called “blusukan”:</p> <blockquote><p>A hallmark of his style is &#8220;blusukan&#8221; or impromptu walkabouts to meet Indonesian citizens. After our meeting, I joined him on a walkabout to the Tanah Abang market. It was a wonderful way to connect with people directly. He recently launched an online &#8220;e-Blusukan&#8221; so that he can connect with all Indonesians online in a similar way across the archipelago.</p></blockquote> <p>Then he wrote about the value of the Internet to improve the lives of Indonesians:</p> <blockquote><p>I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people here and talk to them about how they’re using the internet. Many are already using the internet to build businesses, improve their communities and connect with the world. If we can connect everyone in Indonesia, these benefits will only continue to grow.</p> <p>— at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tanah-Abang/434273913306036" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=434273913306036">Tanah Abang</a>.</p></blockquote> <p>Many are hoping that Zuckerberg&#39;s visit will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/mark-zuckerberg-pushes-more-internet-access-indonesia">encourage</a> Indonesia&#39;s incoming government to fast-track the improvement of Internet connectivity in the country, and more importantly, promote greater Internet freedom.</p> <p>There are high expectations that the Jokowi presidency may reverse some of the Internet regulations implemented by the incumbent government, especially those that undermine free speech in the country. For instance, while authorities extol the importance of the Internet, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemenkominfo) has launched the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2012/indonesia">Trust+</a> program which obliges service providers to use DNS filtering systems in an effort to filter pornographic content from local networks. <a href="http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2012/indonesia#.VD6kwovF-Do">Technical and ad hoc testing indicate</a> that the filters also capture perfectly legal, non-pornographic content such as sexual education and LGBT community websites. The government has also <a href="https://citizenlab.org/2014/05/blocking-vimeo-indonesia/">blocked video sharing site Vimeo</a>, charging that it hosts pornography, despite the fact that the site explicitly forbids this in its terms of service.</p> <p>This program was initiated by former Minsiter Tifatul Sembiring who is a member of the Prosperous Justice Party, an Islamist political party, inspired in part by previous leadership of Egypt&#39;s Muslim Brotherhood.</p> <p>Roughly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/01/15/number-ri-internet-users-increases-7119-million-2013-apjii.html">28 percent of indonesians</a>&nbsp;now use the Internet, with the majority accessing the Web via smartphone. There are 69 million Facebook users in Indonesia and they are among the most active social media users in Southeast Asia. Despite Internet connectivity issues, Indonesia seeks to increase Internet literacy in the country by 50 percent in 2015.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/carolina-rumuat/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Carolina'>Carolina</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/15/facebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-internet-access-in-indonesia/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F15%2Ffacebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-internet-access-in-indonesia%2F&#038;text=Facebook%27s+Zuckerberg+Promotes+Greater+Internet+Access+in+Indonesia&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F15%2Ffacebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-internet-access-in-indonesia%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F15%2Ffacebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-internet-access-in-indonesia%2F&#038;title=Facebook%27s+Zuckerberg+Promotes+Greater+Internet+Access+in+Indonesia' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F10%2F15%2Ffacebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-internet-access-in-indonesia%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/15/facebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-internet-access-in-indonesia/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/10/15/facebooks-zuckerberg-promotes-greater-i...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bahasa Carolina censorship Citizen East Asia English Feature Freedom of Speech Global Voices Advocacy Indonesia Indonesia Jakarta Technology U.S.A. 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