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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 »

Triumphant Turkmen return for Russian telecoms major

Triumphant Turkmen return for Russian telecoms major

Aug 22, 2012
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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

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 »

Russian website offers free crowdsourced legal advice

Russian website offers free crowdsourced legal advice

Aug 8, 2012
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The Russian online group “Nepofigism” (a neologism that loosely translates to “giving a damn” or “not being ambivalent”) offers a free legal consulting service. The project’s creators designate no particular direction for the consulting. Their aim is to offer real help to people with any type of problem. The site is a space for professionals and ordinary Internet users with various legal and everyday problems (such as violations of consumer rights, labor laws, and family law). Read More »

Russian anti-corruption fighter says office bugged

Russian anti-corruption fighter says office bugged

Aug 7, 2012
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Several hidden listening devices and a video camera were found in the Moscow office of Russian anti-corruption activist, blogger, and opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, according to RIA Novosti. Navalny said in a blog post that devices were found after his friend and lawyer, Andrei Mishchenkov, thought to bring a bug detector to his office at RosPil, a nonprofit aimed at exposing corruption in Russian government. Read More »

Uzbekistan cuts cell, Internet services during national exam

Uzbekistan cuts cell, Internet services during national exam

Aug 1, 2012
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Uzbekistan authorities have ordered mobile operators to cut off Internet, text, and image messaging services to prevent students from cheating during the entry exams to universities on 1 August, writes RIA Novosti. Read More »

Tajikistan blocks access to foreign news sites, YouTube

Tajikistan blocks access to foreign news sites, YouTube

Jul 31, 2012
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In the wake of a military operation to regain control of an autonomous region in Tajikistan, authorities in Dushanbe have blocked access to a number of websites, including the BBC, Russia’s Vesti, and YouTube, according to RIA Novosti.

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Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond

Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond

Wiretapping and retention of users’ data by government agencies has increased across Europe in the last years. The trend has been thoroughly analyzed in a report by the European Commission. Read More »

Ramadan Time! Kyrgyzstan’s Muslims get fasting help via text message

Ramadan Time! Kyrgyzstan’s Muslims get fasting help via text message

In case anyone still doubts that a 1,400-year-old religion is compatible with a 21st-century social-networking tool, a new Twitter-based project in Kyrgyzstan should put those doubts to rest. Read More »

No signal for millions of Uzbek mobile phone users

No signal for millions of Uzbek mobile phone users

Jul 20, 2012
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Uzbekistan has suspended Russian telecommunication company MTS’s license for 10 days on 17 July. The authorities accused the company of “numerous and systematic violations,” of its contractual obligations, according to Reuters. Read More »

Online platforms coordinate aid for Russian flood victims

Online platforms coordinate aid for Russian flood victims

Floods in Kuban, Russia, have completely destroyed 640 homes, with more than 5,000 partially submerged. According to data from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Crisis Centre, the natural disaster had killed 150 people as of July 8. Read More »

Sheep to go hi-tech in Azerbaijan

Sheep to go hi-tech in Azerbaijan

Jul 13, 2012
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Azerbaijan is counting sheep; not to go to sleep, however. The South Caucasus country, known for its strong taste for lamb, is corralling its sheep and all other livestock into a national database, complete with personal profiles. Read More »

For Russian mobile giant, Uzbekistan is hard-knocks déjà vu

For Russian mobile giant, Uzbekistan is hard-knocks déjà vu

Jul 10, 2012
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If you’re Russian mobile operator MTS, finding yourself threatened by another hostile Central Asian dictatorship must feel like a sick joke. But this time it’s Uzbekistan — not Turkmenistan — where MTS faces the unpredictable business culture of an authoritarian country.
Crime-fighting tool sparks legality issues

Crime-fighting tool sparks legality issues

The number of people who are wiretapped in Serbia and the Southeast European region has increased over the years, mainly due to countries’ desire to fight organised crime and corruption. However, the crime-fighting tool is not always being implemented legally. Read More »

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