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On September 12, 2012 by Jean Marc Manach

In Bahrain, a leading human rights activist has just been sentenced to life imprisonment, having been brutally tortured and raped. His daughter and other activists also languish in cells, for protesting on the streets and online.

On July 24, 2012 by Maxime Vatteble

Facebook claims that "social reporting" will make the social network a safer place and a better community. But could it damage your privacy, your personal freedom, and your friendships?

On July 20, 2012 by Jean Marc Manach

The WikiLeaks #SyriaFiles reveal that before the revolution, Bashar al-Assad emailed Internet jokes about Gaddafi, women and watermelon. When the revolution began, he turned from clown to conspiracy theorist.

On July 11, 2012 by Jean Marc Manach

Documents obtained by WikiLeaks and revealed by Owni indicate that a major US public relations firm, Brown Lloyd James, continued to offer the al-Assad family PR advice throughout the Syrian dictator's brutal repression of his own citizens.

On July 6, 2012 by Pierre Alonso

OWNI talks to Adlène Hicheur, the CERN physicist convicted in May of conspiracy in connection with a terrorist enterprise. Hicheur has maintained his innocence throughout, claiming his case was motivated by political expendiency.

On July 4, 2012 by Nathan Jurgenson

The deep infiltration of digital information into our lives has created a fetishisation of our logged-off "real" life. But this separation is false: what we do while connected is inseparable from what we do when disconnected.

On June 22, 2012 by David Eaves

Will the Internet be a technology the state can harness to extract more loyalty from its citizens? Or will it destroy the imagined communities that make the state possible, replaced by a more nimble, disruptive organisation?

On June 20, 2012 by Sylvain Lapoix

In Canada a budget bill has raised concerns that environmental safeguards are being dismantled to exploit the country's vast energy resources. The bill comes amid a wider trend of suppression of NGO's, charities and activists.

On June 8, 2012 by Adam Raff & Shivaun Raff

Google has unparalleled influence over which content and services people discover, which for years it has been exploiting to steer users to its own growing stable of services. To protect Internet access, competition and innovation, we must protect search neutrality.

On June 7, 2012 by Thomas Deszpot

According to a recent report the EU, wary of increased migration, has been dedicating billions of euros to increase border security and regulate migration. Provisions have been made to utilise biometric identification, facial recognition and drones.

Data Journalism

The Week In Data

On September 13, 2012 Written by Paule d'Atha

The Week In Data

Our weekly round-up of the best of data on the web.

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Meet the HackerMoms

On August 31, 2012 Written by Sabine Blanc

In California, a group of mothers and hacking enthusiasts have created one of the world’s first hacker-crèches, a place to find support, friendship and creative fulfillment.

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The Cyber Cold War

On August 29, 2012 Written by Andréa Fradin

In the battle for control of the Internet, the US holds most of the cards. Now Russia and China are calling for greater individual state power, while others argue the UN is best placed to manage the global network.

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Western Spy Tech Linked to Bahrain Regime

On September 10, 2012
by Jean Marc Manach

Western Spy Tech Linked to Bahrain Regime

Further evidence of western technology being used by Arab regimes to spy on activists. FinFisher, the makers of the spyware, were identified by Owni & WikiLeaks last year as part of the global surveillance arms trade.

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13 of the Newest Political and Civic Tools

On September 6, 2012
by Matt Stempeck

13 of the Newest Political and Civic Tools

As the US presidential election draws ever nearer, Matt Stempeck rounds up 13 new tools that leverage digital technology to impact at the political and civic level.

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Data Journalism

The Week In Data

On September 5, 2012
by Paule d'Atha

This week we look inside a radio station (via Twitter), examine the role of money in the US Presidential election, track murder in Guatemala and explore the age when we are at our most creative. It’s The Week In Data!

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The Associated Whistleblowing Press

On September 4, 2012
by Pierre Alonso

The founders of the Associated Whistleblowing Press, the latest project designed to facilitate whistleblower leaks, aim to learn the lessons of the WikiLeaks project – and focus on making an impact at the local level.

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Data Journalism

The Week In Data

On August 28, 2012
by Paule d'Atha

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