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Orphaned in US, SOPA finds home in Russia

Orphaned in US, SOPA finds home in Russia

Jun 21, 2013
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America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. Read More »

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

Jun 14, 2013
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Brace yourself. The cyberwar is coming.
Since last week, when the world learned about PRISM, a vast and secret American electronic surveillance program, Russian state officials have expressed renewed concerns about foreign social networks posing a national security threat.

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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 »

Hungary: Government limits FOIA transparency law

Hungary: Government limits FOIA transparency law

May 10, 2013
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In an unexpected move last week, Parliamentarians in Hungary took action to change the country’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in an effort to limit the scope of data accessible to the public under the law. 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 »

Georgia places high for net freedom, but some problems remain

Georgia places high for net freedom, but some problems remain

Feb 14, 2013
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Georgia’s Internet is generally free from government censorship, the newly published Transparency International Georgia’s report says. Last year, there was not a single case reported of websites blockages; nor were any bloggers or other online activists questioned arrested for their online activities, as it often happens in the neighboring countries. 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 »

In Belarus, gadgets gadgets everywhere nor any freedom to tweet

In Belarus, gadgets gadgets everywhere nor any freedom to tweet

Feb 13, 2013
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Perhaps you saw the funny quote in my news feed on Facebook that read: “This country looks like a post-apocalyptic world. Everyone has got gadgets, phones, and tablets – and around you see broken roads and loads of waste”. 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 »

Russia hopes to get tough on cyber attacks

Russia hopes to get tough on cyber attacks

Feb 4, 2013
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The Russian government has announced plans to beef up the state’s cyber security.  Although specifics of the plan have yet to be laid out, the Kremlin has said it’s first step will be to consolidate authority for fighting the problem under the nation’s internal security agency. Read More »

Hackers break into official Uzbek TV site to highlight media propaganda

Hackers break into official Uzbek TV site to highlight media propaganda

Feb 1, 2013
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Uzbeks visiting the state-run broadcaster’s official website on 30 January got a surprise: a short message reading, “The news you spread are lies!” The proclamation was the product of hackers who disabled the site then posted the message, RFE/RL reported. 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.
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