Digital, online and social-media avenues undoubtedly offer an alternative or complementary channel for news, because of the inherent difficulty in censoring these spaces. Their wide reach and levels of engagement have saved lives during disasters or emergencies.
Journalists sued for espionage in Cambodia, and for using drones or supposedly violating the official secrets act in Myanmar. News outlets faced with financial penalties steep enough to cause them to go under, as it did in Cambodia. Media organizations in the Philippines repeatedly described as ‘fake news’ outlets by government officials chafing at critical reporting.
The latest Perspectives Asia edition covers the prozess of digitalization in Asia with contributions from all across the continent. Our online special presents all the articles with an additional podcast.
Women in Pakistan face sexual harassment in public spaces and in the digital sphere. We talked with Nighat Dad, founder of the Digital Rights Foundation, about women’s experiences and how virtual abuse can be countered.
Viktor Orbán and his closest allies have taken control of most of the Hungarian media. Journalists at loyal outlets are expected to closely follow instructions from the state apparatus; in exchange, they receive advertising money from government institutions.
In an interview with Heinrich Böll Foundation Brasil, journalist Thamyra Thâmara, from Complexo do Alemão, speaks about the importance of digital media for popular communicators in the favelas–spaces which are stigmatized by the mainstream media and portrayed as impoverished and violent.
Violent communication has relevant effects on queer feminist internet activism. This article focuses on options and necessities of regulating such forms of violent anti-feminist and racist communication. How to prevent or to stop violent online-communication?
The year 2014 was supposed to be a year of success stories for Fidesz in Hungary. But demonstrations against the internet tax have become a channel through which the people have been able to express their dissatisfaction.
Intelligence services collect metadata on the communication of all citizens. Politicians would have us believe that this data doesn’t say all that much. A guy from the Netherlands put this to the test and demonstrated otherwise: metadata reveals a lot more about your life than you think.
At the conference "Whatever happened to privacy" the British author and blogger gave a insightful keynote in regard to the issues privacy and surveillance, creating some depth inregard to the worldwide appeal of the 562 authors, that appeared in public two days after the conference.
What political actions are necessary to protect citizens from mass surveillance and what tools exist for people to secure their communications, movements and lives? This and other topics where discussed at our international activistm conference. Here you find the videos of the event.
In recent years, debates about social media, web censorship, copyright, net neutrality, and intellectual property rights have gained momentum. Ever since the story about the NSA’s surveillance activities broke, basic and civil rights have been at the top of the agenda. Today, digital rights is not purely a question of “web politics” anymore, rather it is about a “digital society” and the question of how we want to live in the future.
The NSA scandal is not just a problem for the American democracy. Other American, European, Asian, and African people have also a right to know the whereabouts of their private data.
By Dr. Thorsten Wetzling
Businesses have long since grasped it – and now civil society is following suit: Whoever wants to make political gains can no longer afford to be solely active in their respective capitals. Whether it is about the environment, about consumer protection, about civil society in the digital age – increasingly Brussels is the place where the action is.
By Falk Lüke