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Weekly Readings: War on Rumors

BY Antonella Napolitano and Rebecca Chao | Monday, May 5 2014

  • TechPresident previously wrote about China's escalating war on microblogging site Weibo with the first-ever trial of a rumor-spreading netizen. Now that netizen has been sentenced to three years in jail for a measly post that, in the scale that is China, didn't even get that much traction.

  • In Ukraine, online bloggers are mapping out Ukrainian troop movements via "Military Maps."

  • In India, crowdsourcing via SMS is helping Delhi with better garbage collection.

  • In developing countries, where hardcover books are expensive, people are turning to e-books available on their rudimentary cellphones. UNESCO reports it is improving literacy.

  • If you haven't been following the protests against the telecom bill in Mexico, which we wrote about here, Global Voices created a great cheat sheet on how that bill would impact the Internet and how to follow protests about it online.

  • In New Zealand, a new "Internet Rights and Freedom Bill" will apparently be put up for some publicly crowdsourced input.

  • Nigerians are using the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag to trend their campaign and bring back the 200 school girls that were abducted by jihadists from Boko Haram.

  • Global Voices' RuNet explains the development of Russian censorship: "Over the past two years, the Russian government has armed itself to the teeth with regulatory powers that enable nearly every conceivable form of Internet censorship."

  • TechPresident previously wrote about one Russian politician's crazy idea of basing all Russian data from all social media sites on Russian soil. Apparently, this is coming true.

  • Bad news if you live in Saudi Arabia: the government is planning on regulating Youtube.

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