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Tajikistan’s recent YouTube block highlights a fickle friendship with the Web

Tajikistan’s recent YouTube block highlights a fickle friendship with the Web

May 29, 2013
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To friend or to unfriend?  Tajikistan cannot make up its mind about the Internet.   Read More »

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

May 3, 2013
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Just as Azerbaijan is being criticized in the Freedom House report, the country’s legislature is considering a measure that would punish untoward statements on the Internet, EurasiaNet.org reports.
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Wikipedia’s suicide mission against Russian censors

Wikipedia’s suicide mission against Russian censors

Apr 12, 2013
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Smoking cannabis is dangerous business for people the world over. In Russia, just writing about it online is apparently enough to run afoul of federal anti-drug police, as that nation’s Wikipedians learned last Friday, April 5, 2013. It was then that state officials first informed Wikimedia Russia, the Wikimedia Foundation’s local chapter, that the government has placed its “Cannabis Smoking” article [ru] on its blacklist of illegal websites. Read More »

YouTube sues Russian authorities over video ban

YouTube sues Russian authorities over video ban

Feb 13, 2013
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YouTube is suing the Russian consumer rights agency over a new law that restricts content, RIA Novosti reports. Read More »

Russia shutters more than 90 sites over child pornography

Russia shutters more than 90 sites over child pornography

Feb 7, 2013
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More than 90 Russian-registered websites have been shut down since January for content containing child pornography, according to a  4 February  announcement by the Interpol National Central Bureau, RIA Novosti reports.  Read More »

Third time a charm for Tajik Facebook block?

Third time a charm for Tajik Facebook block?

Jan 17, 2013
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As Tajikistan’s elections approach this fall, authorities in the Central Asian country have blocked Facebook for the third time in recent months.  The blockage, something that seems to be becoming increasingly common in the country, also seems to extend this time to Radio Free Europe’s Tajik service. Read More »

Looking East: The Russian example of volunteerism for Belarus

Looking East: The Russian example of volunteerism for Belarus

Dec 24, 2012
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Social participation is something that works for Russia sometimes as well as in the West. Or at least, OK, better than it does in Belarus.
Moscow court orders removal of ‘extremist’ Pussy Riot online videos

Moscow court orders removal of ‘extremist’ Pussy Riot online videos

Dec 3, 2012
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Four videos made by the dissident punk band Pussy Riot are extremist, a Moscow court ruled 29 November, according to Radio Free Europe. Read More »

Tajikistan cuts access to Facebook, again

Tajikistan cuts access to Facebook, again

Nov 28, 2012
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Authorities in Tajikistan have blocked access to Facebook for the second time this year, saying citizens are too tired of the “mud and slander” emanating from the site, according to Reuters. The blockade is one of several measures seen as aimed at dampening public dissent as the country looks ahead to a presidential election in 2013. Read More »

Azerbaijan: How to Measure Free Speech on the Internet?

Azerbaijan: How to Measure Free Speech on the Internet?

Nov 20, 2012
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Originally published by EurasiaNet.org.

Civil society activists in Azerbaijan are trying to push back against government efforts to restrict space for public debate. And they’re hoping a recent global Internet forum in Baku will expand international support for their cause.

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The Kremlin’s 21st-century thought police

The Kremlin’s 21st-century thought police

Nov 14, 2012
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Earlier this month, Russia’s controversial new Internet blacklist law went into effect, raising serious concerns from bloggers, activists, and human rights watchers. The law, with the particularly Orwellian name “On Amendments to Federal Law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation”, officially gives Kremlin agencies the legal right for deep surveillance of its citizenry. Read More »

Kremlin tells top officials to tone down their tweets

Kremlin tells top officials to tone down their tweets

Nov 9, 2012
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for establishing a new set of rules for Russian officials when they use social network websites, RIA Novosti reports. Read More »

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Oct 23, 2012
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About a month ago, the Swedish non-profit Civil Rights Defenders (CDR) released their version of CAPTCHA, the system that is used to verify that the user of the web site is a human (as opposed to a programmed robot). Read More »

Tajik journalists cry foul over blocks to ‘TajNet’

Tajik journalists cry foul over blocks to ‘TajNet’

Oct 16, 2012
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Journalists in Tajikistan have launched a campaign to protect press rights and protest a recent increase in government censorship online, according to Asia-Plus.

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