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· February, 2015

Stories about Technology from February, 2015

28 February 2015

Iran Reacts to the Latest Snowden Leak on SIM Card Hacks

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

Parliament Watchdog Connects Ugandans to Women MPs Through Twitter

Parliament Watch Uganda organized the #MPsEngage Twitter chat with women members of parliament to discuss the topic 'Making Women Count in Legislative Processes'.

Libyan Kids Have Been Out of School for Months, so One Woman Is Bringing the Classroom to Them

Haifa El-Zahawi, a Libyan who lives in New York, has given kids in her home country access to education for the first time in months thanks to a Skype connection.

26 February 2015

Australians Shake Up Internet With Indigenous #MotherLanguage Tweets

Rising Voices

Australians joined people from around the world for International Mother Language Day by tweeting in indigenous languages.

22 February 2015

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.’

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

18 February 2015

Cyber Sex Did Not End Well For These Syrians Fighting Assad's Regime

Cyber sex is changing the war grounds in Syria as a Fireeye report reveals. Hackers have stolen 7.7 GB of opposition data via malware installed during chats on Skype.

Cuba Announces New IT Policy and Does Not Mention Internet Access

Global Voices Advocacy

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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

16 February 2015

Malawian Student Makes His Own TV Station

Social Media Is Changing How Consumers in India Interact With Companies

Got a complaint? When consumers in India do, around 25% of them post their grievances online before lodging their complaint in court.

10 February 2015

RuNet Watchdog ‘Baffled’ by Twitter's Refusal to Block Kremlin's Opponents

RuNet Echo

Alexandr Zharov, head of Roscomnadzor, told journalists that Twitter "has consistently refused to adhere to the demands of Russian legislation, including those aimed at combatting extremism."

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

Explore Bangladesh From Your Computer, Thanks to Google Street View

Bangladesh's Google Street View launched February 5. One Facebook user posted his amusement at seeing his lungi, a sarong-type cloth, appear in the image (it was hanging from his balcony).

9 February 2015

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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

Global Voices AdvocacyThe 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 EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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 EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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

3 February 2015

WeChat Won't Show Chinese Users BMW Ads If It Thinks They're Poor

A newly launched ad service within friend circles show some users BMW ads, while others see Coca-Cola ads, leading angry netizens to accuse the messaging app of discrimination.

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