Tag - freedom of speech

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1 Year after the Twitter censorship in Turkey
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Twitter’s Transparency Report
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Manifesto: Fight For Your Freedom
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Map of Internet Censorship [Infographic]

1 Year after the Twitter censorship in Turkey

Wow! It’s already been a year since the Gezi‬ protest in ‪#Turkey‬ against online censorship and the Twitter block!
In these protests, a 15yr old boy, ‪‎BerkinElvan‬, was deadly injured.

Back then, we did our best to help people in Turkey. Ten of thousands of people in Turkey were able after that to sent images to the world and boicot the censorship.
It’s sad to see that even after a year, the police detains protesters, as we read in The Hurriyet Daily News.

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[photo credit: The Hurriyet Daily News]

We’ll keep fighting for the ‪#‎FreeInternet‬!

Spread our message and support freedom of speech and the Free internet.

Twitter’s Transparency Report

The Internet is changing even the way we fight. Twitter has managed to have a big impact during rough times in many countries, people using this social network as a way of expressing themselves and fighting for their freedom. They share short messages and attach pictures, aiming to mobilize the global community.

Such liberty is not really appreciated by all governments. And then censorship occurs: greedy governments cut the access to their people to such channels.

Not much has passed since March, when Twitter was banned for Turkish inhabitants. We immediately showed our support by offering them 30,000 Premium keys of CyberGhost VPN. We also engaged with a lot of people from Venezuela, Egypt and, our neighbors, Ukraine.CyberGhost VPN Online freedom Read More

Manifesto: Fight For Your Freedom

We are on the last hundred meters with our product launches – the VPN Mac beta version is out, so is the VPN Android version – and this means we finally have more time to engage with the people who use CyberGhost and talk about ideas. Discussing ideas always makes my day. So here is a thought for today:

Freedom. Our freedom.

We often talk about it here at CyberGhost, as much as we talk about privacy and security. And sometimes I forget what freedom is all about. But then I remember, because I hear about ordinary people and their stories, about journalists sentenced to prison because they had the courage to speak out, or about how some governments censor their citizens.

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When I read about stuff like that, the lights turn on for me and everything comes into focus.

Humanity has spent its last hundred years in great wars (28th June 1914 is the day World War One began) and it has been a long, exhausting fight for power, for human rights, justice and equality. I can only mention a few of the incredible people who fought it:

  • Martin Luther King
  • Gandhi
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Nelson Mandela

And I dare to say even Edward Snowden.

We owe our rights to these people.

One year ago, on the 20th of May 2013, Edward Snowden left his comfy, secure job with the NSA to let the world know about what’s happening. I often consider this and I realize how much courage it takes to give it all up, for a greater idea.

Looking back, I really think the fights people like Snowden have fought have brought us where we are today. It was all worth it. We are more free than ever, most of us at least. We get to choose our jobs (or even if we should work or do our own thing), we get to choose who we love; we get to choose where we live. We are so much more free, but we are still not completely free.

I call you now to this fight. Defend your rights. Don’t let a government or organization decide what kind of information you have access to, what you should watch or what kind of scandals should make the news. Don’t just sit by and let them survey you. You are not a lab rat. I know this might sound harsh, but it is only up to you to do it.

You deserve to choose, you deserve to have your privacy rights respected, and you deserve to see what’s really going on. Don’t let anybody keep you in the dark.

How can you do this?

I know it’s hard. Life is short, and we need to pick our battles. But you too can do something: at the very least, don’t close your eyes. Read and learn about what is going on. Information is power. Tell others, use technology to your advantage. The tools are there, you just need to reach out and grab them.

We are here to support this, so we’ve decided to spend more time with those who want to join the discussion, to talk about what we can do and about how one can protect himself and spread the word.

We are calling out to the members of our community to join us into this conversation, to take part in our workshops and spread the word to others. We will organize monthly workshops and community support meetings.

Leave us your contact details and we’ll let you know when we have the first online get-together. We’re so excited about this, and we look forward to hear from you!

Please let us know what you think about this last year, do you things have things improved? Do we have more online freedom and security? Do you think Snowden really had a concrete impact on the society?


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Map of Internet Censorship [Infographic]

For most of us, internet is something we take for granted. We’ve got used to going online whenever we need to gather information, communicate with friends and family or update our social media profiles. We do it whenever we feel lonely or bored. Getting our phones out for the sake of correcting a friend, winning an argument or simply checking the latest updates of our acquaintances has become a knee jerk reaction.

There are, however, plenty of countries in which access to internet is regarded as a privilege rather than a right. For them, internet is not synonymous with freedom of speech and quick and unlimited access to exhaustive information. Their governments restrict or completely block access to torrents, file-hosting websites, social and political media and pornography, with justifications that range from combating software piracy to looking out for the well-being of their citizens, known also as state-enforced morality.

Below, you can find an infographic (click to see the entire infographic) presenting the censorship situation on 5 continents, based on several criteria, such as the restrictions they imposed on torrents, social and political media and pornography, as well as their level of censorship ranging from very low restrictions to no access at all. Read More

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