Freedom to Tuesday Round-Up
After the holiday weekend, where many of you consumed a few too many of these and some of these, here are some of the news stories we've been following on internet rights and much more to welcome you back to the work week.
- China's Sina Weibo has published a "code of conduct" for its users, established a "credit" system for users to report one another, and details on how the platform recruits censors was leaked earlier this month, clear indicators of the platform's continued surveillance of its user's actions.
- While Thailand's lese-majeste law and Computer Crimes Act have been widely criticized for clamping down on free expression online, Cambodia is proposing a cyber-law designed to prevent the spread of "false information", and Malaysia's Evidence Act of 2012 will be operational on June 1, a means to curb online dissent by making anonymity more difficult to maintain.
- To prevent participation in "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day", Pakistan shut off access to Twitter for eight hours last Sunday.
- Russian social network Vkontakte is postponing its IPO, after its CEO was disappointed with Facebook's IPO earlier this month. Want a better understanding on some of the discourse taking place on Russian social networks? RuNet has a list of the top 10 political slang words.
- Remember Stuxnet? A newer version of this virus, called "Flame", has been affecting computer networks in Iran, Israel, and other Middle Eastern countries.
- CIMA has recently published two reports on Digital Media in the Arab World One Year After the Revolutions and on U.S. Efforts to Support an Open Internet Around the World. In addition, InterMedia has published a report on media in North Korea, and the State Department has released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011.
- The Netherlands recently passed Net Neutrality legislation, and the European Commision's Neelie Kroes has outlined her perspectives on net neutrality.
- House lawmakers are currently reviewing the proposal for the ITU to have more control over internet governance; meanwhile, Father of the Internet Vint Cerf has published an op-ed about the importance of keeping the Internet open.
- Missed the Freedom to Connect conference early last week? Archived videos are now available.
- Data.gov will now transition to a portal that is directly linked to agency data.
- In Mexico, a new student movement called "Yo Soy 132" is emerging, and is being dubbed as the "Mexican Spring".
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