Romanian MEPs you’ve got mail! Over 100 postcards saying no to link tax and Internet censorship

FotoJetIn the last month, more and more Romanian voice are gathering to send out a clear message to decision makers: We don’t want link taxes and upload filters!

Besides calling and sending letters to Romanian MEPs to delete Articles 11&13 from the copyright reform proposal, EDRi member ApTI organised a series of activities to trigger more public attention regarding the damaging copyright reform proposals. Along with 57 other civil rights organizations, we also signed the Civil Liberties Union for Europe open letter to stop the censorship machine. (more…)

6.5 Out of 10 Are Internet Users in Armenia

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As of December 2016, 64.2% of the population in Armenia uses the internet. According to the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies, in 2016, as compared to 2015, the number of internet users grew almost by 10%. In 2015, 55.29% of the population was using the internet. The most recent data on communications and technologies on the ministry’s website are from December 2016. (more…)

Regulating Inadmissible Internet Content – Georgia in Need of Legal Changes

The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), a Tbilisi based non-governmental organization working on the issues of the Internet, e-governance and public administration reforms, published a policy paper about internet regulations and proposed some legislative changes in order to prevent excessive restriction of the freedom of expression in future in Georgia.  (more…)

In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

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Open air exhibition of posters of different kinds of soldiers from Ukrainian history next to landmark St. Andrew Church in Kiev. Photo by Filip Stojanovski, CC BY.

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk. (more…)