Iran: Twitter becomes focal point of protests

Amid renewed clashes between the Iranian authorities and the reformist Green Movement, social networking sites such as Twitter have again become a focal point of the protests against the Islamic regime. As in the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections in June, anti-government protesters have been posting hundreds of accounts, photos and videos of the… Read more »

Linux Fund and FOSSFA to Promote Open Source in Africa

Linux Fund and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) have pledged to work together to promote Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Africa. From Linux Fund Linux Fund and FOSSFA to Promote Open Source in Africa Blog entry Submitted by Geraldine on 16. December 2009 – 11:48. Linux Fund and… Read more »

Witnesses of crackdown arrested or censored (Iran)

Opposition demonstrations that took place on 27 December 2009 were dispersed with violence and loss of life, and were followed on 28 December by raids by the intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guards on opposition figures and news media and a new wave of hacker attacks on websites. Several journalists, including Emadoldin Baghi, have been arrested…. Read more »

Vietnamese Court Convicts Dissident of Subversion

THAI BINH, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court convicted a former army officer who had pressed for democratic reforms of subversion Monday and sentenced him to 5.5 years in prison as Vietnam stepped up its efforts to crack down on dissent. Tran Anh Kim, 60, was accused of ”working to overthrow the state” by joining… Read more »

Cellphone Encryption Code Is Divulged

BERLIN — A German computer engineer said Monday that he had deciphered and published the secret code used to encrypt most of the world’s digital mobile phone calls, saying it was his attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of global wireless systems. From The New York Times Cellphone Encryption Code Is Divulged By KEVIN… Read more »

Nominations open for the Google and Global Voices Breaking Borders Award

Nominations open December 29, 2009 for the Breaking Borders Award, a new prize created by Google and Global Voices to honor outstanding web projects initiated by individuals or groups that demonstrate courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the Internet to promote freedom of expression. The award is also supported by Thomson Reuters. Deadline is February… Read more »

Xinjiang Internet Blackout (Very) Partially Lifted

Residents of the restive far-western Xinjiang region can finally use the Internet again, after nearly six months of total Internet blackout. From The Wall Street Journal December 29, 2009, 4:54 AM ET Xinjiang Internet Blackout (Very) Partially Lifted Residents of the restive far-western Xinjiang region can finally use the Internet again, after nearly six months… Read more »

We’re Hiring: Psiphon Operator and Outreach Coordinator – Iran

Psiphon Operator and Outreach Coordinator – Iran Psiphon is seeking an exceptionally qualified individual to support our Persian language outreach. We are looking for someone fluent in English and Farsi with a strong understanding and commitment to freedom of expression and an interest in building the best “right to know” software in the world. If… Read more »