Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. At the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum in Brazil this week, several activists were stopped from demonstrating in support of net neutrality and against Facebook’s application, which is now known as “Free Basics”. Civil…

‘Turn digital divides into digital opportunities,’ Ban tells annual UN forum on Internet governance

10 November 2015 – To cover the “breadth and depth” of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the potential of the data revolution must be explored through the use of new and non-traditional sources of data, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened today in João…

John Kerry to pressure Malaysia on human trafficking during visit

A senior State Department official says top diplomat John Kerry will push Malaysia to redouble efforts against human trafficking on an upcoming visit for regional security talks.

Kerry’s visit, starting Wednesday, comes a week after the department faced a storm of protest for lifting Malaysia off its trafficking blacklist. U.S. lawmakers and human rights activists say the decision was intended to smooth the way for a trade agreement among 12 Pacific rim nations, including Malaysia.

The official maintains there’s been progress in Malaysia’s performance but that it needs to do much more. The official was briefing reporters on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the department.
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