Authorities in Tajikistan have blocked access to Facebook for the second time this year, saying citizens are too tired of the “mud and slander” emanating from the site, according to Reuters. The blockade is one of several measures seen as aimed at dampening public dissent as the country looks ahead to a presidential election in 2013. Read More »
Originally published by EurasiaNet.org.
Civil society activists in Azerbaijan are trying to push back against government efforts to restrict space for public debate. And they’re hoping a recent global Internet forum in Baku will expand international support for their cause.
Earlier this month, Russia’s controversial new Internet blacklist law went into effect, raising serious concerns from bloggers, activists, and human rights watchers. The law, with the particularly Orwellian name “On Amendments to Federal Law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation”, officially gives Kremlin agencies the legal right for deep surveillance of its citizenry. Read More »
In the echo-chamber of RuNet it is easy for bloggers to fall prey to sensationalist headlines. A case in point:
A few days ago several bloggers were incensed by the idea that a Duma committee responsible for legislating the Internet was going to propose a new law [ru] requiring passport identification for users of social networks. Read More »
Sometimes here at NetProphet it can be a little too easy to get caught up in all the things happening every day in our coverage region. Whether it’s a new crowdmapping platform or an increase in Net Freedom crackdowns, there’s always something interesting to report on. This is why it’s important to step back and get to know some of the people involved in leading the forward march of social media across the region. Read More »
Journalists in Tajikistan have launched a campaign to protect press rights and protest a recent increase in government censorship online, according to Asia-Plus.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »