21 Dec 2020

No ‘Negative’ News: How China Censored the Coronavirus

At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese officials were accused of hiding information about the infectious virus that could have benefitted other nations. However, the issue of relaying information and censorship in China regarding the coronavirus is much deeper than this initial incident, according to Chinese sources. Li Wenliang,

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14 Oct 2020

Governments are using the pandemic to crack down on digital rights, report finds

A new report published by Freedom House concedes that an assessment of 65 countries lead them to conclude that some governments are using the COVID-19 pandemic to introduce new digital surveillance and data collection tools that hinder citizens’ rights. The report, titled Freedom on the Net 2020, found that the

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04 Mar 2020

China’s WeChat censorship during COVID-19 outbreak poses public-health risk, researchers say

A new report published by researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy has illuminated the broad scope of information about the coronavirus that has been suppressed by Chinese authorities and what the implications of this censorship may by in

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14 Feb 2020

India keeps lid on Kashmir’s internet 6 months into lockdown

Six months ago, India’s government stripped Kashmir of all autonomy the region once possessed and enforced a communications blackout. It has since heralded the restoration of the internet, however, it is limited and very slow speed. The shift signifies a step in the right direction for Kashmiris. However, the region’s

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15 Jan 2020

China’s government poses a ‘global threat to human rights,’ report finds

The NGO Human Rights Watch has released a statement claiming that the Chinese government poses a global threat to human rights. In the NGO’s annual report, it stated that the Chinese government is carrying out an intensive attack on the global system for enforcing human rights, after evaluating nearly 100

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03 Jan 2020

TikTok Banned By U.S. Army Over China Security Concerns

Amid worries over the security threat, the popular app TikTok poses to the United States, the US has banned US Army officials from using the app. TikTok is currently under scrutiny for its close relationship with the Chinese government, and backlash has caused the US government to reconsider its employees’

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08 Aug 2019

Russia ‘Secretly’ Shuts Down Mobile Internet To Frustrate Moscow Protesters: Report

Earlier this month, Russian authorities ordered the shutdown of various mobile Internet base stations in order to disrupt the digital communication channels of protesters during mass demonstrations against the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, BBC Russia reports. The report is partially based on an internal letter to

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05 Jul 2019

YouTube Hacking Video Ban Sparks Outrage

A YouTube policy banning “instructional hacking and phishing” videos sparked outrage in the infosec community on Thursday after the website gave the prominent Null Byte YouTube channel a strike, preventing a researcher with the channel from uploading an educational cybersecurity video. Various security researchers have ran into this issue since

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06 Jun 2019

Vietnam Cyber Threat: Government-Linked Hackers Ramping Up Attacks

A new report by IntSights identifies Vietnam as a rising cyber threat due to increased activity of state-backed hacking groups like APT32 (OceanLotus) and APT-C-01 (Poison Ivy), as well as a growing cybercrime scene. Earlier this year, Vietnam introduced new cybersecurity legislation that intends to increase the government’s digital censorship

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26 Mar 2019

How the “Great Firewall” extends beyond China

When people read about Internet censorship in China, they rarely consider that practices of censorship and surveillance by tech companies operating in that country may have significant consequences for the privacy and freedom of expression of Internet users in other countries, including the United States. However, James Griffiths, author of

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