Global Digital Download

The Global Digital Download is a weekly publication that aggregates resources on Internet freedom, highlighting trends in digital and social media that intersect with freedom of expression, policy, privacy, censorship and new technologies. The GDD includes information about relevant events, news, and research. To find past articles and research, search the archive database.

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  • (i100, The Independent, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    This graph shows the number of inaccessible posts on Chinese social media site Weibo (per 1,000) this year.  It shows how internet censorship in China has rocketed as pro-democracy protests have spread in Hong Kong.

  • (The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    China has reacted to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong by doing what authoritarian governments always do when faced with an inconvenient truth: try to control the message. With the street demonstrations in Hong Kong showing no signs of abating, Beijing has set its sights on the social media tools favored by many of the civil disobedience movement, Occupy Central.

  • (CNN , Tuesday, September 30, 2014)
    News articles, social media posts and images about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests are being heavily censored behind China notorious firewall. Chinese state-run news outlets have largely ignored the pro-democracy protests except for the same Xinhua story in which the Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung denounced the demonstrations as "unlawful."
  • (Mashable, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    In what's almost unprecedented, China appears to be targeting Yahoo with what's called a "man-in-the-middle attack." With such an attack, connections to, which are normally encrypted, would be vulnerable to snooping, and Chinese censors could also block search terms or specific Yahoo links with the goal of preventing Chinese netizens from accessing information about the protests in Hong Kong.

  • (Telesur, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described Latin America's plans to develop internet infrastructure bypassing the United States as a “very important project.” Dubbed the “digital ring,” the initiative will directly link the 12 member sates of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) by 2020. The digital ring will also extend beyond Latin America to South Africa, India, China and Russia.
  • (Akamai, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)
    Akamai’s globally-distributed Intelligent Platform allows us to gather massive amounts of data on many metrics, including connection speeds, attack traffic, network connectivity/availability issues, and IPv6 adoption progress, as well as traffic patterns across leading Web properties and digital media providers. Each quarter, Akamai publishes the State of the Internet Report.
  • (PR Newsire, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    The Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to be one of the fastest-growing segments in the technology industry in Asia-Pacific. Total Asia-Pacific IoT spending is forecast to be $9.96 billion in 2014, at a CAGR of 34.1%, reaching $57.96 billion by 2020. More than 80 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020. This research service provides a historical perspective and a 7-year forecast of the IoT market in Asia-Pacific. In this study, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following areas: vertical spending on IoT, the IoT ecosystem, the delivery model, and the IoT taxonomy in various industries.

  • (EFF, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a brief with the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Canada on Monday weighing in on a ruling that Google must block certain entire websites from its search results around the world.

  • (Reporters Without Borders, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    Reporters Without Borders condemns the verdict handed down two days ago by a Riyadh appeal court upholding the sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and 1,000 lashes passed on the cyber-activist Raef Badawi.

  • (Committee to Protect Journalists, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    In the final part of CPJ's "Undercover in Vietnam" series on press freedom in Vietnam, Southeast Asia Representative Shawn Crispin reveals how prominent blogger Nguyen Van Hai remains behind bars for his critical writing despite the margin for debate opening. The series concludes with recommendations for the Vietnamese government and international bodies.