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Stories about Technology

10 September 2015

Apple Caves To Data Localization Demands, Rents Out Space in Russian Data Center

RuNet Echo

Apple has decided to comply with the Russian data localization law and is renting out storage space at a data center on Russian soil, according to local media.

7 September 2015

Browsing the Web from Cuba's Public Hotspots

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet in Cuba – from public access points – is limited to using one social network, an email service, and chat and video applications.

4 September 2015

Ghanaians Offer Glimpses of Their Everyday Lives With the Hashtag #233Moments

What do Ghanaians do at 2:33 GMT? #233Moments hasghtag will tell you.

1 September 2015

Tech Communities in Francophone Africa Rise to the Challenge of Their Anglophone Counterparts

French-speaking Africa has been remarkably absent from the flurry of media coverage on "Silicon Savannah." But the emergence of promising new projects in tech innovation mean that may soon change.

29 August 2015

Google's Optical Character Recognition Software Now Works with All South Asian Languages

Rising Voices

Google's OCR software supports more than 248 world languages, including all the major South Asian languages, bringing together hope for the large-scale digitization of old texts.

28 August 2015

Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.

26 August 2015

Uruguay, Chile and Brazil Lead South America in Download Speeds

Uruguay had the best ranking in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's report, while Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela came in last.

20 August 2015

Tajikistan Cracks Down on Pop Idol Traffic Rule Breakers

"Like many ex-Soviet cities, Dushanbe has a driving culture straight out of a Fast and Furious movie. Potholed roads encourage swerving at speed."

17 August 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

14 August 2015

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

11 August 2015

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

Girls vs. Princesses: The Pink Dictatorship's Days are Numbered

A virtual game made in Bolivia encourages girls not to let sexy dresses, high heels, makeup and Prince's kisses steal their right to decide who they want to be.

7 August 2015

How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”

Global Voices Advocacy

India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.

5 August 2015

Metal Titans From the US and Japan Agree to an Epic Giant Robot Battle

American and Japanese robotics companies Megabots and Suidobashi Heavy Industries have agreed to participate in a giant robot battle one year from now.

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."

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