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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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  • (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.

  • (Mashable, Tuesday, September 30, 2014)

    As thousands of people swarm the streets of Hong Kong asking the Chinese government to fulfill its promise of real democracy in the autonomous region, Chinese censors seems to be tightening their control over the Internet. In what's almost unprecedented, China appears to be targeting Yahoo with what's called a "man-in-the-middle attack."

  • (Tech Guru Daily, Monday, September 29, 2014)
    In the U.S. we pride ourselves on freedom of speech and freedom of the press and decry the countries around the world that indulge in government censorship, but at the same time we indulge in our own forms of censorship, much of it self-imposed.
  • (RT.com, Monday, September 29, 2014)
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web has spoken out against world governments and corporations, which he says are seeking to control the web for their own gain. He called for a revolutionary bill of rights to guaranty the web’s independence.
  • (ARTICLE 19, Monday, September 29, 2014)
    ARTICLE 19 has reviewed the new Moroccan Draft Law No 31.13 on the Right of Access to Information and finds that it fails to adequately recognise the right to information and threatens free expression. The Draft Law No. 31.13 on the Right of Access to Information was adopted by the Moroccan Cabinet on 31 July 2014.  The new draft is significantly weaker than previous versions.
  • (CELE, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    Report in Spanish; from Global Voices: A new study by the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information at the University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, suggests that Internet governance, rather than just being the host of institutions and multilateral formulas, is a contested space for the control and management of this unique technology. It also argues that the multi-stakeholder model, often upheld by civil society as the key to unlocking a more equitable and human rights-abiding approach to policymaking for the global Internet, may not be the silver bullet that some want it to be.

  • (Global Voices, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    A new study by the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information at the University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, suggests that Internet governance, rather than just being the host of institutions and multilateral formulas, is a contested space for the control and management of this unique technology. It also argues that the multi-stakeholder model, often upheld by civil society as the key to unlocking a more equitable and human rights-abiding approach to policymaking for the global Internet, may not be the silver bullet that some want it to be.

  • (The Guardian, Monday, September 29, 2014)
    The Labour MP Stella Creasy has said that online intimidation is not being taken sufficiently seriously by police despite the jailing of a “Twitter troll” who threatened to rape her. The 18-week sentence imposed on Peter Nunn, 33, from Bristol, on Monday is one of the longer terms of imprisonment handed to anyone in England for posting menacing messages on social media. Earlier this month a Scottish man was given 16 months for obscene and racist comments made on Twitter.
  • (The Guardian, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    From trans people to activists, there are some good reasons for some Facebook users to use a pseudonym. And yet, Facebook is unrelenting.

  • (Colombia Reports, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    The Colombian government has promised to increase internet security measures after it was discovered on Saturday that hackers infiltrated the email accounts of a key negotiator in the Havana peace talks.

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