Stories from 18 June 2014
Why Conducting Academic Research in Khorog, Tajikistan is a Criminal Offense
What does the Tajik government have to fear by arresting scholar and Global Voices author Alexander Sodiqov? Chris Rickleton explains.
Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't
There is a new Internet group in Russia that publishes compromising political information that the public was never supposed to see. But who's behind it all?
9 Quietly Profound Photos From Kyrgyzstan That Foreshadow Central Asia's Water Wars
By 2030, nearly half the world’s population will inhabit areas of “high water stress."
Why Quality of Internet Service Is Needed in Nepal
Internet penetration in Nepal has increased to 29.78 percent in recent times mainly due to about 8 million mobile Internet users. But the quality of Internet service by the providers, lack of standards and bad customer service makes the user experience so unpleasant that many users feel that their time,...
Just Google It? Not In China, Where Google Remains Blocked
Google search, Gmail and Google Scholar are only accessible thanks to VPNs and mirror sites in China ever since they were blocked in late May before the Tiannamen massacre anniversary.
This Twitter Account Puts a Face to the Unsung Volunteer Editors Behind Wikipedia
@WeAreWikipedia hands over its Twitter handle to a different Wikipedia editor every week so they can curate information about their favorite pages from the collaborative online encyclopedia.
The Influence of the World Cup in the Colombian Election
Image by Globovisión on Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0. On the blog Trayectoria Económica (Economic trajectory), Daniel Bustos writes about the recent presidential election in Colombia and analyzes a series of factors that, in his opinion, influenced the results. This includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: El sabado no fue...
Comas Make for Comedians on Russian Twitter
Until yesterday, racing driver Michael Schumacher was in a 6-month coma. After he regained consciousness, Russian Twitter users welcomed the story with a flood of jokes about sports and politics.
‘People No Longer Trust the Government’ – This Open Letter Went Viral in Singapore
Singaporean novelist Catherine Lim wrote an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong bemoaning the decline of public trust in the government.
Tajik Authorities Detain Global Voices Contributor
Former Global Voices Central Asia Editor Alexander Sodiqov was detained by authorities in Khorog, Tajikistan while conducting research for his PhD thesis. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
Have a Corrupt Foreign Company in China? ‘You Should Leave Now’
As the Chinese government starts cracking down on corruption among foreign companies in China beginning with the pharmaceutical sector, China Law Blog advises: if you are worried about getting arrested in China for something that your company has done, you should leave. Now.