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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 »

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 »

Fear and self-censorship on the Uzbek Internet

Fear and self-censorship on the Uzbek Internet

Jul 31, 2012
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Uzbekistan has the most severe restrictions on Internet use in Central Asia, according to a recent report on the state of Internet and politics in the country. Read More »

Kazakh Wikipedia awarded for its impressive development

Kazakh Wikipedia awarded for its impressive development

Jul 23, 2012
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Kazakh Wikipedia has received an award at the annual Wikimania conference, which was held this year in Washington DC. The conference recognized Kazakhstan’s success in the development and improvement of its national division of Wikipedia, the biggest online encyclopedia, writes Caspionet.kz. Read More »

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 »

Bulgarian PM Boyko invites “Boykometer” creators for a chat

Bulgarian PM Boyko invites “Boykometer” creators for a chat

Jul 12, 2012
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A few days ago, the web site Politikat.net (The Politician; bg), created by prominent Bulgarian bloggers Komitata(Konstantin Pavlov) and Asen Genov, became the subject of the government’s attention. Komitata wrote about it here [bg]. 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 »

Google takedown requests on the rise in Eastern Europe

Google takedown requests on the rise in Eastern Europe

Jul 5, 2012
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Google released its transparency report for 2011 last month, revealing that more governments in Eastern Europe were monitoring the online activity of their citizens than ever before. Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Hungary appeared again, while Ukraine and the Czech Republic are on the list for the first time.

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Opening a multimedia window on Turkmenistan

Opening a multimedia window on Turkmenistan

Jun 25, 2012
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Turkmenistan remains one of the most closed societies in the world, ranked by U.S. based pro-democracy group Freedom House in their 2012 survey as low as countries such as Iran, Belarus, North Korea, and Uzbekistan. Authors of the report say that, in Turkmenistan, “independent media are either nonexistent or barely able to operate, the press acts as a mouthpiece for the regime, citizens’ access to unbiased information is severely limited, and dissent is crushed through imprisonment, torture, and other forms of repression”. Read More »

Georgian police seize satellites in vote-bribing investigation

Georgian police seize satellites in vote-bribing investigation

Jun 22, 2012
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Georgian police have seized the satellite dishes of Global TV, a cable network whose largest shareowner is the the brother of opposition leader and billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, according to The New York Times. Read More »

Tajikistan restores access to blocked news website

Tajikistan restores access to blocked news website

Jun 15, 2012
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The authorities have removed a restriction on Internet access to Tajikistan’s main independent news agency Asia-Plus on Thursday, according to its website. 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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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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In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

May 28, 2012
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It was bound to happen at some point.

In Russia, it now seems the Internet is a more popular source of information than TV – sort of. Read More »

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