In February 2012 we learned that activists in Iran and Syria were targeted with two different types of malicious computer software.
Posts tagged “Human Rights”
Source: Amnesty USA
Syrian authorities are continuously escalating tactics to ensure a complete media blackout, as witnessed last week by their deadly attack on a makeshift media center in Homs that killed and wounded several foreign journalists.
Blogger Rami Nakhle leaned across the table toward a cluster of U.S. technology leaders. “People are tortured to death because their Facebook account is hacked. You can make a difference between life and death,” he told the Silicon Valley executives and computer engineers representing Facebook, Google, and other companies.
Throughout 2011, citizens across the world organized online to demand the enjoyment of their human rights, in particular the rights to opinion, expression and association.
Source: Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica
As the Arab Spring hits its first anniversary, tech activists around the globe are continuing their efforts to enable secure communications—especially in areas of the world that are in conflict or transition.
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Last week, EFF gave its recommendations to EU parliament on what steps to take to combat a growing and dangerous civil liberties concern: Western companies marketing and selling mass surveillance technology to authoritarian regimes.
Source: Violet Blue, ZDNet
Iran’s recent death sentence of a developer and internet traffic throttling are only part of Iran’s wider campaign against bloggers, technology, and the free-flowing information of the internet.
Source: Bama Athreya, The Hill
Sadly, things are not getting better for the people of Syria – just this past weekend residents of Homs experienced some of the worst violence since the Syrian government began attacking civilian protesters nearly one year ago.
Source: Read Write Web
“Conflict minerals,” those mined to support groups conducting armed conflict or engaging in human rights abuses, have been an issue since long before we first wrote about it in July of 2010.
Human Rights Watch accused the United Arab Emirates of cracking down on freedom of expression, during a news conference on Wednesday which was disrupted by men who claimed to be UAE officials and demanded the rights group end its presentation.