Freedom House discovered that around 67% of Internet users live in countries where criticism of the state is either illegal or subject to censorship, while 27% of users live in countries where people “have been arrested for publishing, sharing, or merely ‘liking’ content on Facebook.”
The Singapore Government has become the first civil service in the world to adopt Facebook Workplace, the professional version of the social network.
“We launched Workplace in October, and as part of phase one, 15 agencies and more than 5,300 public officers are now digitally connected in real time,” Peter Ong, Head of the Civil Service, announced this morning at the PS21 ExCEL Convention.
Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement and its partner in Ukraine, welcome the completion of the first step in providing the Ukrainian people with a public electronic register of the assets of politicians and senior civil servants, including those of President Petro Poroshenko.
Transparency International now calls for the declarations and the origin of the declared assets to be verified, and welcomes President Poroshenko’s commitment in this regard.
On 17-18 October the 6th Annual Freedom Online Conference took place in San José, Costa Rica. This international event gathered more than 200 participants from 48 countries, from all regions of the world and all levels of development. The Conference met under the theme Enhancing an open, active and constructive online community for the enjoyment of an effective citizenship online and centered on contributing to the ongoing multi-stakeholder exchange on how to address the challenges, opportunities and potential of free, open and accessible online channels and platforms for political, social and economic development. A quick (numerical) guide to the Conference can be found here.