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Posted August 13 2017 By Mahitab Mostafa

china (1) China has recently launched a series of close investigations on 3 of its top social media platforms, WeChat (messaging app), Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) and Tieba (a very popular discussion forum) for failing to comply with the country’s internet laws and regulations. The three services are being accused of “spreading violence and obscenity” in the recent string of the government’s attempts to cleanse the web and impose the Communist Party’s sovereignty...
Posted August 08 2017 By Mahitab Mostafa

unnamed (4) Based in the US, Hotspotshield was launched in 2008 by AnchorFree as a free VPN service that can be downloaded as an app or an extension for web browsers to help internet users surf the internet privately, securely and anonymously. Hotspotshield also provides users with tools to bypass geo-restrictions to unblock regionally restricted web content, such as: Netflix, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Pandora, etc. The company states that it has over 500 million customers worldwid...
Posted August 08 2017 By Mahitab Mostafa

internet archive Based in San Francisco, Internet Archive was founded in May 1996 by Brewster Kahle as a non-profit digital library and is considered to be one of the world’s largest digital libraries that harbours millions of free movies, e-books, music, software applications, games, videos, and so many more. Its mission is to provide "universal access to all knowledge." Millions of internet users upload or download digital content to the Archive’s data cluster where it is collected ...
Posted August 04 2017 By Mahitab Mostafa

Amazon-China-e1474340872660 Only after a few days since Apple’s shocking compliance with China’s ban of illegal VPN services, another giant tech company has succumbed to China’s latest notorious regulations against VPN service providers, Amazon. According to recent reports, Amazon was forced to inform its cloud-computing customers to remove all illegal VPN services and encryption tools that are used to bypass China’s Great Firewall and censorship systems. "If we discover [clients using unap...
Posted July 30 2017 By Ahmed Bahgat

the-russian-plan-to-monitor-the-internet-is-weird-scary The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, just signed the death certificate of online freedom in Russia when he approved the law that was passed over to him for final approval. This law, once in effect, on November 1st, will ban the use of any software or service that can be used to bypass the online restrictions placed by the government in Russia. To further elaborate, the law obligates all companies that provide online restrictions bypassing services, such as VPNs, to bloc...
Posted July 30 2017 By Mahitab Mostafa

957061_14628854587556_rId6 In very unexpected turn in events, authorities in China appear to have made an ally on Saturday to reinforce their mission to abolish the use of VPN and encryption services that help internet users in the country to bypass the Great Firewall. This ally is considered to be one of the world’s most valuable and loved brands, Apple.Apple spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement that the company will remove any apps that do not comply with China’s laws and regula...
Posted July 25 2017 By Ahmed Bahgat

kb-0041-egyptian-flag-sticker-decal-700x700 On Monday, the leftist website, BelAhmar, was officially blocked for all internet service providers in Egypt. This added to the total number of blocked websites in Egypt raising them to 127. This was according to the information collected by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression or AFTE. The first statement released by the website was an apologetic post on their Facebook page for “a technical glitch” but when following up with its technical team, it was...
Posted July 25 2017 By Mahitab Mostafa

como-escapar-extorsionadores-whatsapp-111-612x437 Giant messaging app WhatsApp is currently being targeted by fraudsters and identity thieves. Users have been warned from giving out their personal bank details since the app does not request its users to share this kind of sensitive data in such manner even if the message looks like any regular official messages sent by Whatsapp to its subscribers.The scam message is sent to users to warn them that their trial period is coming an end, and that they should renew to a l...
Posted July 25 2017 By Ahmed Bahgat

defeat_censorship_russia_blog The Federation Council in Russia just approved 2 laws that are intended to legalize the use of censorship bypassing services like VPNs, Tor, and proxies, in addition to the use of online messaging services that encrypt the information transmitted through them such as WhatsApp. They also are supposed to tighten the government’s control over search engines. In other words, the government in Russia just gave the final stab to a free internet. The law that is intended for ce...
Posted July 25 2017 By Mahitab Mostafa

A woman walks past a building decorated with eyes in Crimean city of Sevastopol Xinjiang is considered to be China’s largest province with a total of 19 million residents. It is inhabited by Muslim Uighur minority that speak Turkic and form roughly 8 million of its population. The Uighur minority have always complained about severe discrimination by the Chinese government and today Chinese authorities have taken a step further to marginalise the people of Xinjiang as they have been forced to install a spyware application on their mobile devices all...