Pakistan’s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) Law Could Increase Censorship

by Tracy Knauer •

Pakistan’s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB), a draft law that regulates Internet-related technology and content, could radically increase the government’s censorship abilities, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The bill, which was rewritten last April, provides the government with powers to control how people use various types of electronic technology, including the Internet and websites. Here is the document …

Chinese Officials Advocate “Internet Sovereignty”

by Tracy Knauer •

Chinese officials continued to push the concepts surrounding “Internet sovereignty” — a notion that reinforces online censorship — in high-profile talks in Seattle in September, showcasing the government’s interest in maintaining censorship activities. Chinese authorities first introduced the concept of “Internet sovereignty” in 2010, shortly after Google made headlines by announcing that it would no longer do business in the …

The Fairphone: An Ethically-Produced Smartphone

by Grey One •

The Fairphone is a smartphone designed and produced in Amsterdam with the goal of creating “minimal harm to people and planet”. According to the company, the main goal of the Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals (gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten), and to ensuring fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply …