A showdown seems to be fast approaching in Russia, where state authorities are moving closer to widening Internet censorship. Claiming that Western influences are creating instability in Russia through the Internet, major political figures in Russia have invoked the experience of the Arab Spring to justify increased state intervention.
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 »
Several websites, including Facebook and Zvezda.ru, have been blocked in Tajikistan. News website Zvezda had recently published articles critical of the Tajik government, including a critique of President Imomali Rakhmon titled ‘Tajikistan on the Eve of a Revolution’. Other blocked websites include Tjknews.com and Maxala.org, both of which reposted the article from Zvezda. Read More »
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.
The Ukrainian government shut down two websites–Ex.ua and Roadcontrol.org.ua–earlier this month, only to reopen them days later. Read More »
As if censorship, blocked access, possible arrest, and even retaliation weren’t bad enough, now Internet users in Central Asia apparently have a new scourge to deal with in their fight to have their voices heard: the dreaded Internet troll. Read More »
As if following in the steps of the USA and Europe, which are now battling over copyright laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, Kazakhstan has enacted changes to their existing copyright protection acts–changes which will no doubt have a significant impact on the way information is spread over the Kaznet. Read More »
The Czech and Slovak governments announced on 6 February that they are halting the ratification process for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, an international anti-piracy pact that has attracted increasing controversy over the past few weeks. Read More »