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Brazil: Towards an internet “bill of rights”

Brazil: Towards an internet “bill of rights”

When it comes to the internet, Brazil is a conundrum. On the one hand it is among the top requesters to Google and other internet firms for content takedowns. On the other hand, Brazil has passed a progressive law -- Marco Civil -- putting it on a footing to be

Good sports: Which free-speech offending countries should we blow the whistle on?

Good sports: Which free-speech offending countries should we blow the whistle on?

Against the backdrop of the World Cup in Brazil, we ask how, during global sporting events, should we respond to countries that repress their citizen's free expression? Should we engage or ignore?

Index report: Can Brazil be the global referee for internet freedom?

Index report: Can Brazil be the global referee for internet freedom?

World Cup host country Brazil has the potential to become an influential, global leader in digital rights -- but that will depend on key decisions taken in the coming months

Brazil: Religious intolerance on the rise

Brazil: Religious intolerance on the rise

A request to remove 16 videos from YouTube has sparked a broad debate on the limits of freedom of speech and religious expression in Brazil. Simone Marques reports

Perfection as the enemy of the good: Weakening surveillance reform

Perfection as the enemy of the good: Weakening surveillance reform

The US Congress has made it clear by passing the USA Freedom Act that compromise is one way of doing nothing, a form of sanctified inertia. Binoy Kampmark writes

Counterpoint: Your personality is your castle

Counterpoint: Your personality is your castle

In this counterpoint to the Index position on the right to be forgotten, Graham Ginsberg argues that individuals should have the right to request search results be amended

FIFA World Cup: Brazilian press exchanges autonomy for sponsorships

FIFA World Cup: Brazilian press exchanges autonomy for sponsorships

Simone Marques reports from Brazil on sports sponsorships and the coverage of the World Cup

Delusions of freedom: The FCC, the internet and John Kerry

Delusions of freedom: The FCC, the internet and John Kerry

All states, autocratic or otherwise, have made it their business to stifle internet freedoms. They just disagree on how best to do it, Binoy Kampmark writes

Barret Brown saga comes to a close with worrying implications for journalists

Barret Brown saga comes to a close with worrying implications for journalists

Last Tuesday “hacktivist journo” Barrett Brown pled guilty in a US court after a long-running battle with the FBI. He had reported on a high-profile Anonymous hack as well as posting provocative videos on YouTube baiting FBI officials. Alastair Sloan reports

Bunting and Effect: Reforming the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court

Bunting and Effect: Reforming the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court

A fundamental feature of Obama’s reform agenda centres on a greater oversight role regarding surveillance applications assessed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Binoy Kampmark reports

Chinese youth hit hardest by government moves to ban popular US TV series online

Chinese youth hit hardest by government moves to ban popular US TV series online

Chinese fans of American TV have been dealt a serious blow after some of their favorite shows were removed from the country’s main video streaming websites. Jemimah Steinfeld reports on the withdrawal symptoms of the country's youths

Liberalising internet governance: ICANN and the role of governments

Liberalising internet governance: ICANN and the role of governments

Reforms are on the cards for internet governance, but no one seems to be clear what exactly these will do to the way the web is used. Sentiments of doom and gloom mix with utopian forecasts of freedom, Binoy Kampmark writes