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Stories about Advox from February, 2015

28 February 2015

Iran Reacts to the Latest Snowden Leak on SIM Card Hacks

Iran's Minister of Information and Communication Technologies told Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency that he urges all state employees and ordinary Iranians to rely on their landlines for most communications.

27 February 2015

Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

A human rights lawyer who has defended clients ranging from Ai Weiwei to communist party officials, Pu Zhiqiang is now facing criminal charges over his postings on Weibo.

Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked to Death in Dhaka

Roy is the second Bangladeshi blogger killed since 2013. Horrifying photos of he and his wife, bloodied and injured on the street, were circulated on social media.

25 February 2015

Belarus Bans Tor and Other Anonymizers

RuNet Echo

Belarus is banning anonymizers, typically used to circumvent government censorship and reach online resources banned inside the country, including many of the opposition websites.

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

RuNet Echo

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

23 February 2015

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, an icon of the Egyptian revolution, was sentenced to five years in prison today.

22 February 2015

US Government Eases Sanctions to Allow Export of Personal Communications Tools to Sudan

The US government has issued a general license amending sanctions on Sudan to allow the export of certain personal communications technologies.

20 February 2015

Ali Abdulemam: ‘I Have Not Lost My Identity. I Am Bahraini.’

In late January, the government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of blogger Ali Abdulemam, along with that of 71 other Bahrainis, many of them journalists and activists.

Your Mobile Privacy is Under Threat Because of US and UK Spies

"The NSA and GCHQ covertly stole millions of encryption keys used to protect your mobile phone communications."

18 February 2015

Cuba Announces New IT Policy and Does Not Mention Internet Access

ICT use and access is one of the talking points in the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States.

New Minister Threatens to Shut Down Zambian Independent News Site

The site has been blocked within Zambia on numerous occasions, and reporters have been arrested because of suspected associations with the website.

17 February 2015

Ecuadorian President Threatens Internet Satirists

On television, Correa recently mentioned CrudoEcuador, claiming it's part of a network "paid by the opposition to discredit the government." Correa even threatened to expose the identity of CrudoEcuador's writers.

14 February 2015

Wave of Arrests in France for ‘Advocating Terrorism’ After Charlie Hebdo Attack

Over 100 criminal charges have been filed for "terrorism advocacy" since the attacks, occasionally against minors, oftentimes for reasons that have little to do with the true fight against terrorism.

13 February 2015

The Western Hemisphere's Deadliest Country for Journalists

Mexico received the second lowest ranking (after Cuba) in the Americas on the World Press Freedom Index for in 2014.

Russia Says You Can't Mention Ukrainian Nationalists, Unless You Say They're Bad

RuNet Echo

One permitted way to mention such organizations it to do so "in a negative light, ascribing them characteristics like 'radical,' 'extremist,' or 'nationalist.'"

10 February 2015

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Courts offer citizens occasional protection from Ankara's vicious war on freedom of expression and privacy, so government is looking for laws that bypass them.

9 February 2015

Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?

Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.

8 February 2015

‘We Need to Be Careful Even of What We Think': Self-Censorship in Venezuela

The Bridge

"Since the start of the protests, I had been mapping online censorship and helping people use encrypted communication tools. When the police came, I got up, scared to the bone."

6 February 2015

Crimean IT Industry Wilts Under Western Sanctions

RuNet Echo

Western sanctions come at a high cost to IT-professionals and citizens in disputed Crimea, as companies like Apple and Google are blocking access to their services.

4 February 2015

Stop the Music: Spotify Cancels Launch in Russia

RuNet Echo

Spotify is leaving Russia in response to the economic crisis, the political situation, and the draconian Internet laws.