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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 »

Azerbaijan frees jailed Facebook activist

Azerbaijan frees jailed Facebook activist

Jun 7, 2012
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Azerbaijani activist and former parliamentary candidate Bakhtiyar Hajiyev was released from prison today, according to Radio Free Europe. The release comes two days before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to visit Baku. The report does not say if the release was a pardon or probation. Read More »

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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New pressure to free jailed Facebook activist in Azerbaijan

New pressure to free jailed Facebook activist in Azerbaijan

Apr 13, 2012
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As one year passes since the arrest of a young Azerbaijani activist, new campaigns are sprouting up for his release. Bakhtiyar Hajiev was taken into custody in March 2011 and later sentenced to two years in prison for evading military service. Read More »

Understanding disabilities in Kazakhstan with ‘more than a blog’

Understanding disabilities in Kazakhstan with ‘more than a blog’

Apr 2, 2012
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Of all the ideas and trends which cyberspace offers in Central Asia, health and social problems still lack representation on the web. Read More »

Serbian journalists, activists develop online presence

Serbian journalists, activists develop online presence

Mar 30, 2012
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Serbian journalists, human rights activists, and media specialists met in Belgrade this month to help develop their online presence.

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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 »

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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Belarus steps up DNS-blocking campaign

Belarus steps up DNS-blocking campaign

Dec 29, 2011
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In Belarus there is something jokingly Belarus called the “Albanian Virus”. This is a virus that asks the user to delete all his sensitive content and spam his friends manually. This joke became been popular in Belarus in the time of virus pandemics during the ’90s. Read More »

Suicide of Uzbek “student” apparently a hoax

Suicide of Uzbek “student” apparently a hoax

Dec 24, 2011
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A story that Net Prophet, along with other media outlets, reported earlier this month turns out to be an elaborate hoax – at least that’s the latest version according to Radio Free Europe. Read More »

Uzbek woman commits suicide after police interrogation

Uzbek woman commits suicide after police interrogation

Dec 11, 2011
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An Uzbek woman committed suicide on 4 December after being held and interrogated by police for four days, according to Radio Free Europe. A human rights activist told RFE that Gulsumoy Abdujalilova was beaten and pressured to help murder opposition activists. She was a university student in Germany who was home for vacation in the western province of Andijan when she was summoned by authorities. Some believe she was signaled out by Uzbek police because of her Facebook friends and activity. Read More »

Belarus ISP asks users to censor themselves

Belarus ISP asks users to censor themselves

Dec 10, 2011
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A story started making its way around the Belarusian Internet several days ago when the state ISP Beltelecom sent its subscribers a request to change the DNS servers manually in order to “comply with the legislature on controlling Internet access”. Read More »

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