Six Ethiopian bloggers were formally charged with terrorism in Ethiopia's Lideta High Court last week, a move provoking deep concern for hackers and human rights activists in Ethiopia and around the world.
As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it's worth remembering the actions by our own government to suppress his vision. His achievements despite abuses by American state power become all the more remarkable.
As digital technology expands, new tools have emerged that empower writers but also better enable repressive governments to target them. As of June 2013, 92 writers were in prison for their use of digital media, and another 51 on trial.