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· August, 2014

Stories about Technology from August, 2014

Russia Just Doubled Its Internet Surveillance Program

At first glance, "SORM 2.0" seems redundant, but the reform of police surveillance online could vastly expand the reach of the Kremlin.

Human Rights Experts: Pakistan Could Become a “Police State” Under Protection Ordinance

If implemented in its current form, the consequences of Pakistan's "Protection Ordinance" on citizens’ rights will be far reaching, both on and offline.

‘Never Alone’, a Video Game That Immerses Players in Traditional Iñupiat Culture

Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) features a female protagonist in a traditional narrative of the Iñupiat people of Alaska.

Will Russia Start Blocking Websites in Real Time?

Already plagued by Roskomnadzor blacklists, blogger registration, and the blocking of Twitter accounts, a Russian organization now wants to introduce real-time filtering of online content.

China Tightens Its Control of Popular Messaging App WeChat With Real-Name Registration

WeChat has grown popular since 2012 and now has almost 400 million active users. It was subject to a crackdown earlier this year, with 100 public accounts shut down.

Students in India Have Developed a “SmartCane” for the Blind

"It feels great to be able to move around alone," says one happy customer. A new low-cost device, the SmartCane, overcomes the limitations of the traditional cane by using SONAR.

Hong Kong Web Users Are Defending Originality As Game Clone ‘Tower of Saviors’ Hits It Big

Behind the commercial success of mobile game Tower of Saviors lies a mob of angry netizens who accuse the game of being a shameless imitation of Japan's Puzzle & Dragons.

Forgot Your Password? Don't Worry, the Kremlin Has It.

The Russian government is inviting bloggers to share something every Internet user learns never to divulge: their logins and passwords.

A Sick Game: Bomb Gaza on Google Play Removed After Complaints

An Android game which allows gamers to carry out airstrikes on Gaza has been removed from Google Play after much criticism and anger

Indonesia Is Fighting Haze With a New Online Fire Monitoring Tool

An online fire monitoring tool using real-time information has reportedly reduced the time it takes for firefighters to respond to blazes from 20 hours to two to four hours.

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