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19 December 2010

Stories from 19 December 2010

Hal Roberts’ Commentary on Internet Censorship in Belarus

Hal Roberts, Berkman Center censorship expert, comments on recent messages of extensive Internet censorship in Belarus. Besides, DNS-hijacking and filtering, Roberts also reports DDOS attacks on opposition websites.

Belarus: Tweets and Pictures of Another Post-Election Rallies

Despite Twitter has been blocked in Belarus, the Twitter hashtag #electby is updated every second. Lots of photos of the Belarus events available at picfog at the same hashtag.

Belarus: Users Are Redirected to Fake Opposition Websites

Habrahabr-user webdew reports that Belarus users are being redirected to fake opposition websites:,,,,,,, The design of all these websites is the same but the content is completely different...

Belarus: Presidential Election Day Ends in Protests and Crackdown

December 19, the 2010 presidential election day in Belarus, ended in mass protests, arrests and violent clashes with the riot police in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Below is a...

Belarus: Gmail, Twitter, LiveJournal, Facebook and other Sites Blocked

Belarus government blocked all major social media (Gmail, Twitter, LiveJournal, Facebook) as well as opposition media outlets “Charter 97“, “Belarus Partizan“, and “Solidarity“, reported [RUS]. The government decided to...

Iran: Ashura in photos

Zohre has published several photos on Ashura ceremony in Iran.

Iran:Goudarzi, jailed human rights activist was released

Aftab News [fa] ,an Iranian site, reported Kouhyar Goudarzi, jailed blogger and human rights activist was released last week, after being in prison for one year.

Japan: Woman sued Google Street View for pics of underwear

Again troubles for Google Street Views [en] in Japan. Reports said [en] that a young woman sued Google for showing pictures of her underwear drying on the balcony and claimed...

Venezuela: Farmers in Santa Barbara del Zulia Rebel Against Expropriations

The Devil's Excrement reports that farmers from Santa Barbara del Zulia have rebelled against the expropriation of 47 farms: “[T]he farmers and cattlemen and their workers have decided this time...

Chile: Prison Fire Sparks Debate on Social Networking Sites

A fire in a prison in San Miguel in Santiago, Chile, which killed more than 80 prisoners after one of its towers caught fire, caused mixed reactions on social networks....

Chile: Women in Chilean Politics

In El Quinto Poder, Danae Mlynarz writes [es] about the role of women in Chilean politics, saying that “political parties do not promote the incorporation of women in their boards,...

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