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A (not-so) new social network springs up in Uzbekistan

A (not-so) new social network springs up in Uzbekistan

Jun 5, 2012
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Look out, Facebook. In Uzbekistan, there’s a new competitor on the social-networking scene that is making no attempt to hide what it’s trying to be.

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Romanian police nab Anonymous hacktivists

Romanian police nab Anonymous hacktivists

May 31, 2012
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Police in Romania say they have broken up a Romanian branch of the global hacking collective known as Anonymous, according to Mediafax.ro.

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Russia struggles with censorship concerns

Russia struggles with censorship concerns

Apr 24, 2012
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A showdown seems to be fast approaching in Russia, where state authorities are moving closer to widening Internet censorship. Claiming that Western influences are creating instability in Russia through the Internet, major political figures in Russia have invoked the experience of the Arab Spring to justify increased state intervention.

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Belarus named as new ‘Enemy of the Internet’

Belarus named as new ‘Enemy of the Internet’

Mar 21, 2012
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Following a year of increasing Internet repression in Belarus, Reporters without Borders has added the country to its 2012 “Enemies of the Internet” list. Read More »

Facebook, news websites blocked in Tajikistan

Facebook, news websites blocked in Tajikistan

Mar 6, 2012
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Several websites, including Facebook and Zvezda.ru, have been blocked in Tajikistan. News website Zvezda had recently published articles critical of the Tajik government, including a critique of President Imomali Rakhmon titled ‘Tajikistan on the Eve of a Revolution’. Other blocked websites include Tjknews.com and Maxala.org, both of which reposted the article from Zvezda. Read More »

Iran blocks Eurovision website

Iran blocks Eurovision website

Mar 5, 2012
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Blocking online content in Iran is not news. But few may have heard that in Iran, music websites or contests can also be considered “enemy” content. Read More »

Witnessing the economic crisis: Citizen journalism in Belarus

Witnessing the economic crisis: Citizen journalism in Belarus

Mar 1, 2012
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Citizen journalism is a great way of getting facts and local news directly from the source–from the community itself. This information can always be processed and published later by the professional journalists. However in Belarus, citizen journalism has yet to take off. Read More »

Medvedev’s Facebook page blocked for Georgians

Medvedev’s Facebook page blocked for Georgians

Feb 24, 2012
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Hundreds of posts demanding the withdrawal of Russian solders from Georgia’s breakaway regions on Russian president Dimitry Medvedev’s Facebook page were removed by the administrator, and Georgian users were blocked from accessing the site. Online activists, consisting of forum.ge users, wanted to express their position concerning Russian policy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Read More »

ACTA to face European Court

ACTA to face European Court

Feb 24, 2012
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Karel de Gucht, the European Union’s  trade commissioner, said the European Court of Justice will review the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty. The ratification process for the treaty will not proceed until the EU’s highest court weighs in, he said.

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Bishkek cuts access to regional news site

Bishkek cuts access to regional news site

Feb 23, 2012
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Acting on an eight-month-old resolution passed by Kyrgyzstan’s parliament, a state-run Internet company has blocked one of the region’s top independent news sites, according to Radio Free Europe.

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Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Feb 20, 2012
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Several videos in support of Putin for the upcoming election disappeared for one day from YouTube and an unlikely Putin supporter raises some eyebrows. Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

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 »

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Feb 16, 2012
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So far the recent anti-piracy act in Kazakhstan has had some pretty chilling effects on local business. Read More »

Cold feet for ACTA in Central Europe

Cold feet for ACTA in Central Europe

The Czech and Slovak governments announced on 6 February that they are halting the ratification process for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, an international anti-piracy pact that has attracted increasing controversy over the past few weeks. Read More »

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