Turkmenistan’s Internet blues

Turkmenistan is infamous for its tightly controlled media, and is one of the world’s greatest Internet Enemies by Reporters Without Borders’ estimations. With the average Turkmen finding his or her Internet access intermittent, slow, and tightly circumscribed, it is perhaps unsurprising that cyber-optimism among Turkmen internet users is running at an all time low.

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CA overlooked again as Twitter crowdsources translation

Mar 20, 2013

Twitter has opened up its code for translation into more than 50 languages. This is a great opportunity for users all over the world to contribute to and adopt the platform in their own language.  Yet one region, as seems to be a growing trend, seems noticeably absent. Read More »

Hackers warn Turkmenistan cybersecurity dreadfully low

Jan 31, 2013

On January 25th, the database of nic.tm, the domain name registrar responsible for all .tm domain names, was breached. The full database of usernames and passwords was posted on the hackers’ website ha.cker.ir. Read More »

Triumphant Turkmen return for Russian telecoms major

Aug 22, 2012

Russia’s telecommunications giant Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) will return to Turkmenistan by the end of August, Reuters reports, 20 months after Turkmen authorities revoked the company’s license for reasons that have never been clarified. Read More »

Turkmenistan: British complaint bores into murky world of spyware usage

Think Skype is a secure way to make a call? Think again. That smartphone in your pocket? It could be a portable bug. And the camera on your laptop screen? You might consider covering it with duct tape. Read More »

Central Asia & Caucasus: The Promise and Pitfalls of New Election Technologies

In announcing that Georgia’s parliamentary elections would take place October 1, President Mikheil Saakashvili’s administration affirmed its commitment to conduct what one official said would be an “exemplary” vote. New technologies are helping election monitors hold officials to such pledges, but they still have limitations, experts say. Read More »

Opening a multimedia window on Turkmenistan

Jun 25, 2012

Turkmenistan remains one of the most closed societies in the world, ranked by U.S. based pro-democracy group Freedom House in their 2012 survey as low as countries such as Iran, Belarus, North Korea, and Uzbekistan. Authors of the report say that, in Turkmenistan, “independent media are either nonexistent or barely able to operate, the press acts as a mouthpiece for the regime, citizens’ access to unbiased information is severely limited, and dissent is crushed through imprisonment, torture, and other forms of repression”. Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Feb 18, 2012

As if censorship, blocked access, possible arrest, and even retaliation weren’t bad enough, now Internet users in Central Asia apparently have a new scourge to deal with in their fight to have their voices heard: the dreaded Internet troll. Read More »

Cyber-censorship in Central Asia a growing concern

Dec 1, 2011

The Internet has never been very free in Central Asia, but recent crackdowns in the region have watchdogs worried the situation is actually deteriorating.

report released this month by an international collection of human-rights groups looks at Internet control and censorship in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – especially in light of how these countries use threats of terrorism and religious extremism to justify tightening their grip on the Internet.

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Is Turkmenistan using technology as an excuse to block international media?

Aug 23, 2011

Satellite dishes have been declared a stain on Ashgabat’s landscape by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, but is the move to scrap the dishes a ploy to curtail access to international media? Read More »

Journalists Discuss Turkmenistan Explosion on al-Jazeera

Jul 14, 2011

After the July 7 explosion in Abadan, citizen journalists flocked to social media sites, including the Turkmen social network Teswirler, to ascertain the cause and casualties of the event. Read More »

Turkmenet proves strong

Jul 11, 2011

Last week, a fatal explosion in Turkmenistan sparked a wave of citizen journalism in the country, signifying the very real strength of the Internet and social networks in the dissemination of factual information. Read More »

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