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Uzbekistan targets proxy servers in continued Net crackdown

Uzbekistan targets proxy servers in continued Net crackdown

Oct 12, 2012
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Internet users in Uzbekistan have reported being blocked from accessing proxy servers, according to Uznews.
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Azeri blogger’s continued detention sparks international condemnation

Azeri blogger’s continued detention sparks international condemnation

Oct 5, 2012
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International criticism is mounting over the arrest of an activist blogger in Azerbaijan last week. On 3 October, Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the arrest of 25-year-old Zaur Gurbanli, saying, “There is little doubt that Gurbanli’s arrest is linked to his blogging and political activities.” Read More »

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

When it comes to the battle over the Internet, repressive governments have been pushing hard over the past year to gain greater control over what their citizens say and see online.  Read More »

Odnoklassniki blocks largest social group in Moldova

Odnoklassniki blocks largest social group in Moldova

Sep 13, 2012
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On 31 August, the Russian social network Odnoklassniki blocked Nicolae Petrov, a young man of 18 who owned the largest group in Moldova entitled “Latest News from Moldova”. The community of 369,000 people discussed daily news in Moldova. Read More »

Tajik activists blame telecoms for unlawful outages

Tajik activists blame telecoms for unlawful outages

Aug 31, 2012
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Mobile phone users in an autonomous region in Tajikistan are upset at their cell providers for cutting off their phone services without any explanation or apology for more than a month during a period of heightened political tension. Now a group is organizing a boycott this weekend via Facebook by switching off their phones, saying the outage was an unlawful violation of human rights, according to Asia-Plus. Read More »

Belarusian opposition VK groups hacked, admins arrested

Belarusian opposition VK groups hacked, admins arrested

Aug 30, 2012
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Unknown hackers have hacked a popular opposition community page in the social network of VKontakte.ru, and at the same time several of the pages’ moderators have been arrested. Read More »

Kyrgyzstan’s secret service to scour Internet for hate speech

Kyrgyzstan’s secret service to scour Internet for hate speech

Aug 27, 2012
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Kyrgyzstan’s secret police are set to begin monitoring the Internet for what it calls hate speech, according to the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. The country’s security agency, the GKNB (State Committee for National Security), will launch a system next April that will search Kyrgyz-language websites and .kg websites for, “content liable to incite hatred on grounds of ethnicity, religion and even regional origin,” following recommendations from a Kyrgyz parliamentary commission. Read More »

Turkmenistan: British complaint bores into murky world of spyware usage

Turkmenistan: British complaint bores into murky world of spyware usage

Aug 20, 2012
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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 »

Fear and self-censorship on the Uzbek Internet

Fear and self-censorship on the Uzbek Internet

Jul 31, 2012
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Uzbekistan has the most severe restrictions on Internet use in Central Asia, according to a recent report on the state of Internet and politics in the country. Read More »

Tajikistan sets up volunteer body to monitor Internet

Tajikistan sets up volunteer body to monitor Internet

Jul 17, 2012
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Tajikistan has announced plans to step up pressure on Internet users critical of the government. Officials are launching a public organization to monitor online publications for foul language and instances of libel or insult of public figures, including President Imomali Rahmon, according to Reuters. Read More »

Russia’s human rights council, Wikipedia protest internet ‘censorship’ bill

Russia’s human rights council, Wikipedia protest internet ‘censorship’ bill

Jul 11, 2012
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A bill proposing a single blacklist of illegal websites came under fire from the Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council because it could potentially lead to censorship on the Runet (Russian internet), according to RIA Novosti. Head Mikhail Fedotov, along with twenty other members of the council, expressed concern that, “the bill envisions the introduction of real censorship in the Russian sphere of the internet,” in a signed statement. Read More »

Google takedown requests on the rise in Eastern Europe

Google takedown requests on the rise in Eastern Europe

Jul 5, 2012
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Google released its transparency report for 2011 last month, revealing that more governments in Eastern Europe were monitoring the online activity of their citizens than ever before. Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Hungary appeared again, while Ukraine and the Czech Republic are on the list for the first time.

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Opening a multimedia window on Turkmenistan

Opening a multimedia window on Turkmenistan

Jun 25, 2012
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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 »

Tajikistan restores access to blocked news website

Tajikistan restores access to blocked news website

Jun 15, 2012
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The authorities have removed a restriction on Internet access to Tajikistan’s main independent news agency Asia-Plus on Thursday, according to its website. Read More »

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