China-style social credit system comes to Venezuela with 'Homeland Cards'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In a manner similar to China’s existing social credit system, the Venezuelan government is reportedly preparing to introduce new smart ID cards capable of tracking a...

Parents support school staff who wore 'border wall' costumes

MIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) — Parents rallied in support of a suspended principal at a school board meeting held by a district where 14 staffers were placed on administrative leave after donning costumes de...

50 countries vow to fight cybercrime - US and Russia don't

PARIS (AP) — Fifty nations and over 150 tech companies are pledging to do more to fight criminal activity on the internet, including interference in elections and hate speech. But the United States, R...

Hong Kong’s disappearing freedom: events canceled, editor expelled

HONG KONG (AP) — Concerns have been raised about freedom of expression in Hong Kong following the cancellation of literary and artistic events and the refusal to allow an editor from the Financi...

Events canceled, editor expelled: Hong Kong's losing freedom

HONG KONG (AP) — Concerns have been raised about freedom of expression in Hong Kong following the cancellation of literary and artistic events and the refusal to allow an editor from the Financial Tim...

Trial for acclaimed theater director opens in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The fraud trial of arguably Russia's best-known contemporary theater and film director has opened in Moscow. Kirill Serebrennikov is accused of embezzling 133 million r...

What Russians have been up to ahead of 2018 US midterm vote

As Americans prepare for another election, Russian troublemakers have again tried to divide U.S. voters and discredit democracy. The activity appears focused on abuse of social media...

Freedom House 2018 Report: China the worst abuser of internet freedom, again

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China is ranked as the world's worst abuser of internet freedom once again, according to the latest report issued by Freedom House, for bringing its int...

Amnesty urges Sudan to stop crackdown on journalists

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International is urging the Sudanese government to halt what it describes as "relentless harassment, intimidation and censorship of journalists." The rights grou...

Facebook, Instagram ban far-right Proud Boys and founder

NEW YORK (AP) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups. A spokeswoman for Fac...

AP Explains: Gab, where Pittsburgh shooting suspect ranted

NEW YORK (AP) — A social media service believed to be used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect to post hateful rants advertises itself as a haven for free speech. No, not Tw...

Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Google has unveiled a tool meant to help fight press censorship around the world, testing it first in Venezuela, where journalists say they're battling a government bent on b...

South Korean war on 'fake news' raises concern of censorship

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While governments around the world ponder how to deal with the explosion of "fake news," South Korea has come out swinging, vowing to use its criminal laws to curb what offic...

Algeria: Online rights group says news site creator arrested

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A French association of digital freedom and anti-censorship groups says its correspondent in Algeria has been arrested. Internet Without Borders said Abdou Se...

US state department official calls for Taiwan-US cooperation in fighting disinformation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan teamed up with the United States to hold an international workshop Thursday on promoting media literacy as coordinated attacks of disinformation are gradually seen ...