China

Tiananmen Square protests and China's fight for internet control

Since President Xi took power in 2012, China has launched an unprecedented crackdown on online freedom.

Tiananmen Square protests and China's fight for internet control

Cuba

Google signs deal with Cuba to boost internet services

The deal is aimed at speeding up connectivity to help bring communications on the island into the 21st century.

Google signs deal with Cuba to boost internet services

Counting the Cost

World wide web at 30: What's next for the web?

World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee discusses censorship, data privacy and the state of the internet today.

Asia Pacific

How the Chinese government restricts the use of the internet

Government controls are becoming increasingly sophisticated, using new technologies such as facial recognition to monitor and control information online.

Internet

World wide web turns 30: Designer laments its dark side

World wide web's designer Tim Berners-Lee says online users had found the internet 'not so pretty' recently.

Europe

Russia's internet control bill triggers protests

Protesters in Moscow rally against a proposed law they say will threaten internet freedom.

Inside Story

Is Putin building his own version of China's Great Firewall?

The Kremlin tries to take control of Russia's internet traffic.

Opinion

Freedom of expression is under threat in Iraq, again

A draft law could see people accused of 'damaging' the reputation of the country jailed for life.

Ines Osman

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Ines Osman

Bangladesh

Bangladesh blocks 20,000 websites in anti-porn 'war'

Social media apps blocked and pornography sites taken down by internet providers as part of government crackdown.

Bangladesh blocks 20,000 websites in anti-porn 'war'

Russia

Russia moves to disconnect from global internet

Bill intended to better position the country to fend off potential cyberattacks from abroad, particularly from the US.

Russian parliament approves bill to isolate country's internet

The Listening Post

BuzzFeed and the digital media bubble

Recent layoffs suggest that the click-based advertising revenue model doesn't add up to a profitable bottom line.

Counting the Cost

5G economics: Is the Internet in danger of splitting?

Examining the future of the Internet, 5G, and connecting the 3.5 billion people across the globe who don't have access.

The Listening Post

The BuzzFeed bubble bursts: Mass layoffs across digital media

Digital news outlets suffer a round of mass layoffs. Plus, the journalistic life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The BuzzFeed bubble bursts: Mass layoffs across digital media

Republic of the Congo

DR Congo internet restored after 20-day suspension

DR Congo government officials shut off internet and SMS services nationwide to prevent election result 'chaos'.

Social media

YouTube warns against dangerous pranks as risky memes rage

Videos showing people biting into laundry soap or driving blindfolded 'have no place on YouTube', the company says.

YouTube warns against dangerous pranks as risky memes rage