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Russia struggles with censorship concerns

Russia struggles with censorship concerns

Apr 24, 2012
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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.

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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 »

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 »

Facebook, news websites blocked in Tajikistan

Facebook, news websites blocked in Tajikistan

Mar 6, 2012
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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 »

Iran blocks Eurovision website

Iran blocks Eurovision website

Mar 5, 2012
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Blocking online content in Iran is not news. But few may have heard that in Iran, music websites or contests can also be considered “enemy” content. Read More »

Alaveteli: right-to-know software made easy

Alaveteli: right-to-know software made easy

Feb 27, 2012
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As interest has heightened across the region to launch freedom-of-information sites, one group is moving to make it infinitely easier to get such sites off the ground.

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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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The case of the Ukrainian websites that wouldn’t die

The case of the Ukrainian websites that wouldn’t die

Feb 20, 2012
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The Ukrainian government shut down two websites–Ex.ua and Roadcontrol.org.ua–earlier this month, only to reopen them days later. Read More »

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Feb 20, 2012
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Several videos in support of Putin for the upcoming election disappeared for one day from YouTube and an unlikely Putin supporter raises some eyebrows. Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

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 »

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Feb 16, 2012
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So far the recent anti-piracy act in Kazakhstan has had some pretty chilling effects on local business. Read More »

New copyright law could paralyze Kazakh NGOs

New copyright law could paralyze Kazakh NGOs

Feb 8, 2012
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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 »

Cold feet for ACTA in Central Europe

Cold feet for ACTA in Central Europe

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 »

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