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Q&A: OONI Explorer team unlock the web’s untold censorship stories

September 17, 2019 1:04 PM ET

The internet is not one network, but thousands of interconnected networks. How can anyone know how they are controlled without inspecting them all? In 2012, the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) set out to do just that. A program run by the Seattle-headquartered Tor Project, OONI created OONI...

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CPJ Launches Digital Safety Kit

July 30, 2019 11:30 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has launched a new, updated Digital Safety Kit for journalists looking to better protect themselves, their sources, and their information. The kit, produced by CPJ's Emergencies Response Team, combines six bite-sized safety notes on different topics in an accessible format that is easy to...

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Kazakhstan's move to control internet prompts censorship, surveillance concerns

July 25, 2019 1:49 PM ET

A state-controlled internet service provider in Kazakhstan is requiring at least some of its subscribers to submit to having their internet traffic intercepted when they use specific websites--including social media sites, email and messaging services, and Google News, according to research published this week by Censored Planet, a project...

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How the Saudis may have spied on Jamal Khashoggi

October 31, 2018 10:33 AM ET

Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi Arabian dissident, can still remember the time Jamal Khashoggi, the storied Saudi journalist, unfollowed him on Twitter. It was in 2015, and Khashoggi had been tapped to head a new TV network called Al-Arab, a partnership between a member of the royal family and...

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Greater transparency welcome but social media sites should allow independent audits of content takedowns

May 18, 2018 11:18 AM ET

In recent days, some of the world's largest tech companies released new transparency reports, opened up their content moderation guidelines, and adopted approaches to fighting pernicious content as they tried to head off government regulation amid concerns about "fake news," harassment, terrorism and other ills proliferating on their platforms....

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YouTube labels on public broadcasters draw ire in US, Russia

March 15, 2018 3:43 PM ET

With claims to more than one billion users consuming content in 76 languages, Google's YouTube has become a core part of most media outlets' dissemination strategy. And although there are 88 localized versions of the service, YouTube.com remains the largest and most influential platform for reaching a global audience....

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CPJ partners with Facebook on Journalist Safety Initiative

June 23, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Facebook has become integral to the work of journalists around the world. Yet journalists' use of the largest social network can put them and their sources at risk if they don't know how to keep safe on the platform....

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Deciding who decides which news is fake

March 14, 2017 6:09 PM ET

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely thorny....

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Video: Protecting journalism (not just journalists) takes tech that's safe for everyone

August 3, 2016 1:44 PM ET

On July 23, I gave a presentation as part of the HOPE XI hacker conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. My talk, entitled "Won't Somebody Please Think of the Journalists?" described the challenges of protecting journalists in a world where journalism is no longer conducted only...

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How SecureDrop helps CPJ protect journalists

May 12, 2016 7:00 AM ET

CPJ is proud to announce our instance of SecureDrop, the anonymous submission system engineered to resist even nation-state surveillance. In a time of unprecedented, technologically-mediated threats to journalism both online and offline, CPJ's adoption of this state-of-the-art system will help us protect journalists who need help the most. There...

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