Baidu, China’s largest search engine and one of its largest information technology companies, is on the move. In 2012 it announced plans to expand beyond Chinese borders and in 2014 began offering services in Vietnam, with similar ventures in Indonesia, Brazil, Egypt and Thailand. This project traces Baidu’s expansion into Thailand, focusing on its search product. In doing so it builds on Jiang’s work on Baidu and adds to a growing body of commentary on Chinese tech expansion abroad. Much of this commentary raises fears of the expansion of Chinese tech companies on the grounds that it will lead to censorship and access to vital industries and resources. Click here to read more.
The right to privacy was recently questioned before the Indian Supreme Court, and the ruling on the boundaries of the right to privacy is expected soon. In preparation for the judgment, Centre for Communication Governance has put together this infographic based on their dataset of Supreme Court cases that have upheld the right to privacy over the last 63 years. This is to illustrate how rich the Indian privacy jurisprudence has been over these decades. The background of the case can be found here, and the summary of the arguments made during the hearings is here. Centre for Communication Governance also comments on the questions being asked and the challenge before the Supreme Court here.
As part of the project with Onlinecensorship.org, the research team has been analysing the user reports submitted through the Onlinecensorship.org website. In these reports, users detail their experiences of content moderation practices and policies on a variety of social media platforms and discuss the impacts that the moderation decisions of internet companies have on their lives. We’ve just completed our first pass of analysis for this data — familiarising ourselves with the issues described by users and exploring themes that are apparent amongst user responses. To read more, click here.
How do digital rights organizations around the world garner public attention and involvement on issues such as privacy, net neutrality, freedom of expression online, and internet access issues? While activists involved in any political or social cause need to develop a strategy to persuade members of the public to contribute time and money to a particular cause, advocacy around rights online are particularly challenging. Policymaking around these issues are technologically complex and often transnational, and are often highly politicized in various national contexts. In this post and an ongoing IPO research project, Efrat Daskal seeks to understand the ways in which 15 organizations working in different countries from three different continents approach digital rights advocacy. To read more, click here.