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· July, 2015

Stories about Technology from July, 2015

28 July 2015

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors are now officially adding anonymizing websites to their blacklist registry, on the grounds they enable access to extremist content that is already blocked in Russia.

#HackingTeam Leaks: Lebanon’s Cybercrime Bureau Exploited Angry Birds to Surveil Citizens’ Mobile Devices

Global Voices Advocacy

Lebanon's Cybercrime Bureau seems to be conducting surveillance outside the boundaries of local law — and using Hacking Team software to do it.

22 July 2015

Israel's Business Style: Drop the Niceties, Speak Your Mind

Intel's guidebook on working with Israelis highlights Israel's workplace norms, which value direct communication and action, things that can be interpreted as rude in other cultures.

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

Who Wants to Be Merkel? Click and Laugh With This Random Austerity Measure Generator

Was having to dance and sing 'My Anaconda' 14 times in front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel the real reason Greece's former finance minister resigned?

17 July 2015

Cuba Si, Google No: Cuban Officials Rumored to Reject Google's Free WiFi Offer

Global Voices Advocacy

In the words of a journalist who has resided in Havana since the early 1990s, "They say that when the donation is too large, even the poor become suspicious."

14 July 2015

This Invention by Burkinabe and Burundian Student Scientists Could Save Thousands from Malaria

Two students, Moctar Dembele and Gerard Niyondiko, might have just made a major contribution to reducing the morbidity of one of the deadliest diseases in Africa.

Zambia's Crippling Energy Crisis Is Changing Life for Everyone. And Not for the Better.

A near-nationwide power outage hit Zambia earlier this year, leading to drastic cutbacks in the country's electricity supply. A new "load-shedding" scheme is now testing consumers and employers alike.

13 July 2015

Open-Source Information Reveals Pro-Kremlin Web Campaign

RuNet Echo

Publicly available information from Google Analytics and other sources shows connections between a number of pro-Russian and pro-Kremlin websites, but offers little indication as to who might be behind them.

BAKE, an Organization That's Helping Kenya's Blogging Community Grow

The association has trained over 1,500 people on blogging, social media and online community management. One day, they hope to "help set up blogging associations in all the African countries."

10 July 2015

Legalizing the Great Firewall: China's New Cyber Security Law Would Codify Censorship, Shutdowns

Global Voices Advocacy

A new comprehensive cyber security law in China would legalize censorship, authorize network shutdowns, and make real-name registration mandatory.

Mexico Was Hacking Team's No. 1 Client for Spyware

Global Voices Advocacy

At least 14 Mexican states and government agencies had contracts with Hacking Team, the Italy-based spyware company. But only some of them have constitutional authority to monitor citizen communications.

9 July 2015

How Do You Bring Electricity to 620 Million People?

Sub-Saharan Africa needs a more reliable energy supply. The way it chooses to meet that need will affect the entire planet.

8 July 2015

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.

7 July 2015

Russian Police Want to Save Your Life With This Selfie Safety Guide

RuNet Echo

An Interior Ministry selfie safety microsite has caused a stir on the RuNet because of an infographic created for the campaign, outlining the riskiest scenarios for selfie-taking.

African Startups Win FinTech for Agriculture 2015 Competition

Here is Why Nairobi is Africa's Most Successful ICT Hub

5 July 2015

Here Are 16 Stunning Satellite Images of Southeast Asia

Google Earth opens up the beauty of the Southeast Asian region’s unique and spectacular landscapes.

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