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· July, 2016

Stories about Technology from July, 2016

29 July 2016

Here's Why Google Maps Changed Some Town Names in Crimea—And Is Now Changing Them Back

RuNet Echo

As if by magic, Google Maps has changed some town names in Crimea overnight—but now the company says it will reverse the changes for the Russian version of Maps.

28 July 2016

Iran Takes Aim at American Sanctions by Threatening Apple

Tehran threatens to ban all Apple products, if the company doesn't set up a local office, and experts say it's to weaken US sanctions now restricting investment flows into Iran.

27 July 2016

Playing Pokémon Go in China Is Not Easy, but Many Are Still Risking It

Global Voices Advocacy

Here are six things to keep in mind while playing Pokémon Go in China from our Northeast Asia editor Oiwan Lam.

26 July 2016

So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms.

Rising Voices

For the first time in history, the Mixe, Mixteco, and Zapoteco populations will get licenses to operate a telecommunications network for indigenous communities to access cellular and Internet services.

25 July 2016

With Trepidation and Excitement, Pokémon Go Finally Launched in Japan

Pokémon Go was finally released in Japan on July 22, 2016. The entire country has surrendered to the craze of capturing mythical monsters using a mobile device.

20 July 2016

PokéStops or Stopping Poké? Iran Reacts to the Pokémon Go Phenomenon

Global Voices Advocacy

How has one of the most restricted Internet environments, with censors on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, reacted to Pokémon Go?

19 July 2016

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

18 July 2016

Russian Artists Reimagine Pokémon Go With Soviet Cartoon Characters

RuNet Echo

Love Soviet cartoons? These Russian artists reimagined the beloved characters as creatures in the Pokémon Go game. Gotta catch all the Cheburashkas!

15 July 2016

Indian YouTube Channel Conquers the Hearts And Minds of Millions Across the World

Launched in 2013 by an Indian entrepreneur, Chu Chu TV is now the most-watched YouTube channel in Asia Pacific and the second-most watched children's “edutainment” channel in the world.

14 July 2016

Ethiopia Locks Down Digital Communications in Wake of #OromoProtests

Global Voices Advocacy

#OromoProtests content on social media has triggered many attempts by the government to limit digital traffic and block telecom services in Oromia.

11 July 2016

#ShutDownZim: Will Social Media Protests Drive Zimbabwe to Build a ‘Great Firewall'?

Global Voices Advocacy

This is the first time Zimbabwe has staged a "shutdown" over government dysfunction by organizing on social media. But protests could trigger new forms of censorship.

Learn Amazonian Languages With Apps Made in Iquitos

Rising Voices

The Peruvian Amazon is revealed as an area of great potential for the community of software 'developers' in the region.

7 July 2016

Why Did Facebook Remove a Post Criticizing Singapore Police?

Global Voices Advocacy

After police searched political activist and civil rights lawyer Teo Soh Lung's home and computer without a warrant, she posted about it on Facebook. Then her post was taken down.

1 July 2016

Technology, Engineering and Incredible Discoveries Mark the Panama Canal Expansion

"The Panama Canal I visited is now a tiny little canal compared to what's being inaugurated today."

Telegram Bug Leaks Russian TV News Station's Internal Chats to Random User

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.

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