Freedom House study finds mounting threats to Internet freedom!

Cyberattacks, politically motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure are among the diverse and growing...

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Personal data = private property or the new commodity?

In conjunction with Data Privacy Day on 28 Jan 2011, we held a public forum to raise awareness of the increasing threat to privacy with regard to personal information, and the lack of protection in Malaysia although Parliament recently...

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Come join artists/activists at Ops Bilang*

Ops Bilang* – an operation to dissect complex issues of our time – with artists/activists as ‘surgeons’...

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INTERNATIONAL: IFEX members call for freedom of expression during historic elections in Burma

The following is a joint statement signed by IFEX members, including CIJ, calling, among others, for access for media and election monitors to elections in Burma, and freedom of information for the voters-to-be.

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BURMA: Denied access to TV, radio, Burmese independent candidates resort to giving leaflets

Independent candidates faced formidable limitations on campaigning for the coming election in Burma, held after a lapse of 20 years. The election is widely expected to be far from free and fair.

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Personal data = private property or the new commodity?


In conjunction with Data Privacy Day on 28 Jan 2011, we held a public forum to raise awareness of the increasing threat to privacy with regard to personal information, and the lack of protection in Malaysia although Parliament recently passed the Data Protection Act. Funnily enough, the day after the forum, reportedly 1.5 million Malaysians received a surprise text message or e-greeting from the prime minister, underscoring one of the conclusions in our forum – how the collusion between business and State undermines the power of the individual to protect their data.

What’s good – and scary – that’s revealed from the WikiLeaks saga


No, it’s not about whether Anwar Ibrahim was really guilty of sodomy, or that Singaporean officials think the Altantuya murder continues to haunt our prime minister’s tenure. The really relevant issues raised by WikiLeaks that needed to be discussed are media freedom, freedom of speech, access to information, privacy and security, all of which CIJ’s forum sought to address, especially in the Malaysian context. Documented here – in both condensed and full reports – FYI.

What’s missing in Selangor’s FOI law


CIJ director Sonia Randhawa’s analysis of the Selangor Freedom Of Information (FOI) enactment tabled on 13 July 2010, published by The Nut Graph.

Selangorians, what say you of the FOI bill?


The Selangor state government has tabled a Freedom of Information (FOI) enactment and is inviting public feedback, which will be collated and studied by a Select Committee before the bill is tabled for third reading in April 2011. CIJ is making available the state’s bill and the civil society’s version. Click into the article to [...]