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· September, 2014

Stories about Technology from September, 2014

26 September 2014

Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions

RuNet Echo

Russia is revitalizing its Moon exploration efforts, with plans to launch a full-scale lunar colonization and development program by 2030. Sounds awesome, right? The RuNet begs to differ.

24 September 2014

How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Kremlin to restrict Russia's vital communications in an instant.

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16 September 2014

Covert Surveillance ‘Project Speargun’ Fires Up New Zealand Election

Was a Popular Saint Lucia Blog Taken Down by Google Hateful or Just Outspoken?

Global Voices Advocacy

The no-holds-barred, muckraking blog had become both notorious and controversial among people interested in local politics -- and then it was blocked, without warning.

13 September 2014

One of the Latest ‘Happy’ Tribute Videos Comes From Sikkim, High in India's Himalayas

The song “Happy”, written, produced, and performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, became a viral phenomenon earlier this year as countless tribute videos filmed around the world were...

11 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: With Free Expression Under Threat, Europe Needs a ‘Marco Civil Moment’

Global Voices Advocacy

In the second installment in our "right to be forgotten" series, Felix Treguer explains how the new EU rules affect corporations like Google -- and their impact on the public.

5 Tips to Prevent Threats of Cyber Snooping in China

10 September 2014

Less Than 10% of Rural Sub-Saharan Africans Have Access to Electricity. What's Being Done to Change That?

Fifteen percent of the world's population lives in Africa, yet they represent only 3 percent of global electricity consumption. Organizations are carrying out various electrification projects to wire the continent.

8 September 2014

Indians Publish Cries for Help and Calls for Donations on Twitter as Deadly Flooding Hits Jammu and Kashmir

"It's raining hell in Kashmir. Roads and rivers inundated. People being evacuated to safer places."

6 September 2014

This Russian Lawmaker Thinks the US Can Take Russia Off The Internet

RuNet Echo

A deputy in the Russian parliament thinks the United States might cut off Russia's internet and suggests Russians take measures to get ready for the information blackout.

5 September 2014

Iran Holds Persian ICT Week

EXCLUSIVE: German Companies Are Selling Unlicensed Surveillance Technologies to Human Rights Violators – and Making Millions

Global Voices Advocacy

Data analyzed by two leading researchers on surveillance and digital security technology suggests the majority of surveillance technologies produced by German companies have been bought and sold under the table.

3 September 2014

Looking to Get Away? Do It Patriotically, With Russia's Upcoming Booking.com Clone.

RuNet Echo

As Russia turns inward, the country has sought national alternatives to goods and services that are generally Western-dominated. Moving ahead, Russia faces the dangers of breaking this dependence too quickly.

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