Privacy International has filed a criminal complaint with the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit requesting police investigation into allegations that the computer and telecommunications data of Bahraini democracy activists were subject to unlawful surveillance, which cites reports authored by Citizen Lab on the presence of FinFisher in Bahrain, as well the global proliferation of the software.
Cyber Steward Walid Al-Saqaf’s dissertation is featured in a piece by the Huffington Post. Al-Saqaf documents common themes in the repression of online content by different regimes during the Arab Spring.
Citizen Lab partner ASL19 is one of 30 shortlisted candidates for the Dutch government’s Human Rights Tulip award.
Cyber Stewards Network partner Tibet Action Institute has launched a new program aimed at getting ordinary users of mobile and online technology in Tibet to adopt safe habits capable of preventing malware and viral attacks. The ‘Cyber Superhero’ website contains information that is particularly relevant for Tibetans living in exile, whose online and mobile communications with friends and family in Tibet are often the subject of security intrusions and malware attacks by Chinese government officials.
A public interest litigation case launched by CSN Partner Bytes For All (B4A) at the Lahore High Court has been met with obstacles during court proceedings. Despite a court order to look into the matter and produce a report in one month, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has failed to do so.
On August 31, Cyber Stewards Network partner Hisham Almiraat launched the Moroccan Digital Rights Association, or also known as Association des droits numériques (ADN) in French.
Citizen Lab has selected Philipp Winter as its 2014 Google Policy Fellow. Philipp is a PhD Student at Karlstad University conducting research about censorship-resistant communication. This is the sixth year Citizen Lab has participated in the program.
The Jordanian Media Commission has blocked access to 7iber.org from within the country. It was removed via the Press and Publication Law, which requires all media commentary on the “Kingdom’s internal or external affairs” to be approved by licensing from the Jordanian Media Commission.
Cyber Stewards Network (CSN) partner Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released a report outlining the policies and practices surrounding Internet freedom in East Africa. Titled “The State of Internet Freedoms in East Africa,” the release of the report has drawn key individuals from the continent’s ICT industry to Kampala, Uganda for a forum.