Iranian Tech Users Are Getting Knocked Off the Web by Ambiguous Sanctions

Iranian Tech Users Are Getting Knocked Off the Web by Ambiguous Sanctions By Jillian C. York Between targeted killings, retaliatory air strikes, and the shooting of a civilian passenger plane, the last few weeks have been marked by tragedy as tensions rise between the U.S. and Iranian governments. In the wake of these events, Iranians within the country and in the broader diaspora have suffered further from actions by both administrations—including violence and lethal force against protesters and internet shutdowns in Iran, as well as detention, surveillance and device seizure…

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Speaking Freely: Interview on Censorship and Oppression With Human Rights Activist Rima Sghaier

Speaking Freely: Interview on Censorship and Oppression With Human Rights Activist Rima Sghaier By Jillian York Rima Sghaier is a human rights activist and researcher who works at the intersection of technology and human rights, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.  Rima grew up in Tunisia under the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, which lasted for twenty-four years. Although Tunisia was among the earliest countries in its region to connect to the internet (in 1991), its use by dissidents and subcultures led to the government increasingly restricting…

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Expression on the Corporate Web: 2018 Year in Review

Expression on the Corporate Web: 2018 Year in Review By Jillian C. York If 2017 was the year that corporate platforms were finally forced to recognize their outsized role on the Web, then 2018 should be remembered as the year that many such platforms began to reckon with it. From Facebook finally instituting an appeals process to Tumblr banning adult content, here are some of the ways that corporate platforms tried to take responsibility…with mixed results for freedom of expression. Facebook improves on accountability For years, advocates called on Facebook…

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