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· June, 2014

Stories about Governance from June, 2014

30 June 2014

Ukrainian Rebels Worry that Putin Will Repeat Milošević's Mistakes

RuNet Echo

Eastern Ukraine’s rebel military commander warns that Putin might be repeating Slobodan Milošević’s wartime mistakes, though not in the way you might be thinking.

Angela Garipova: The Internet Promotes Peaceful Dialogue in Kazakhstan

Angela Garipova, presenter of the program Bloggers on Kazakhstan's state television channel 24.kz, tells Global Voices about the changes happening in Kazakh society, many of which are being reflected online.

27 June 2014

These 5 Experts Explain Why Alexander Sodiqov's Arrest in Tajikistan Is So Troubling

Global Voices Advocacy

Civic activists and journalists fear the arrest of Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov could have worrying consequences on research in Central Asia.

Trinidad and Tobago Parliament Asks Itself For Pay Raise, Says Yes

Singing and Dancing in a YouTube Video to Cheer On the National Football Team Can Get You Arrested in Iran

"Goal Iran" includes clips of Iranians in more than a dozen countries singing and dancing. Iranian police call it "vulgar."

25 June 2014

What Would Buddha Do? Not Attack Sri Lankan Muslims, Buddhists Say

Hardline Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena's anti-Muslim rhetoric has fueled deadly riots in Sri Lanka. The group is vocal, but Buddhists are speaking out against them on and offline.

‘A Shift From Surveillance Mode to Elimination Mode’ in China

24 June 2014

Could Snowden Be Russia's Alfred Kinsey?

RuNet Echo

If Kinsey’s Big Data could show the reality of human sexual behavior, what might the total disintegration of online privacy reveal about all kinds of political behavior?

The Story of Famine Refugees from Niger in Eastern Algeria

French Startup Companies Want to Make Your Home Smarter

Want a smart thermostat to control your home's heating? Or one that is hooked up to the Internet and measures your home's concentration of CO2? French start-ups are on it.

Thai Coup Leads to Exodus of More Than 180,000 Cambodian Migrant Workers

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians are streaming over the border to escape a rumored crackdown on illegal migrants, only to be greeted by poor conditions and uncertainty.

23 June 2014

Russian Bureaucracy’s Race to Police the Web

RuNet Echo

"...the most frightening truth may be that Russia’s law enforcement agencies don’t always wait for lawmakers to grant them formal authority when it comes to policing the Internet."

Alexander Sodiqov Is Not the First Person to Be Arrested in Tajikistan for Doing His Job

The Tajik government's arrest of Alexander Sodiqov for conducting academic research in Tajikistan's troubled GBAO region echoes the arrest of a BBC journalist in the same country three years ago.

Twitter's Game of Cat and Mouse in Russia

RuNet Echo

A pattern is emerging in the relationship between the Kremlin and Twitter, where Moscow makes sweeping demands of the website and then touts the resulting compromise as a victory.

Stop Using Growth as an Excuse to Pollute, African Activists Say

The impact of 2014 World Environment Day on Africa: The need for growth on the continent does not absolve nations from protecting the earth, African advocates say.

Hundreds of Thousands of Hong Kongers Are Defying China and Demanding the Right to Nominate Their Next Leader

A total of 700,000 people have already voted in an unofficial referendum on democratic electoral reform, despite condemnation from China and massive DDoS attacks against the website.

22 June 2014

Student Faces Criminal Charges for Disrupting Philippine President's Speech on Independence Day

A student leader in the Philippines was detained and subsequently charged with two criminal cases for disrupting the Independence Day speech of the President.

21 June 2014

Russia Claims to Have Forced Twitter into Submission Ahead of Crowell's Moscow Visit

RuNet Echo

Ahead of a meeting between Twitter and Russia’s chief censorship outfit, Moscow is signaling that Internet giants like the world’s most popular microblogging service must conform to Russian sovereignty.

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