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8 January 2016

Stories from 8 January 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’ App is Under Fire in India, Offline in Egypt

Advox

Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

These Calendars Can Get You Into Trouble in Thailand and Myanmar

"Who would've thought that mere act of taking photo with calendar could be an act of resistance?"

‘Orwellian Dystopia’ or Trustworthy Nation? Get the Facts on China's Social Credit System

Advox

Combining individuals' financial records, online shopping data, social media behaviors and employment history, China will now produce a combined "social credit" score for each citizen.

Iconic Steel Band Arranger Jit Samaroo Dies on the Eve of Trinidad's Panorama Music Competition

As arranger extraordinaire for Trinidad and Tobago's Renegades Steel Orchestra, Jit Samaroo has left the country -- and the world -- with a rich, enduring pan music legacy.

Russian Hackers Behind Attack on Ukraine's Power Grid, Researchers Claim

RuNet Echo

US cybersecurity experts claim the December cyber-attack that led to a temporary outage of the power grid in western Ukraine is the work of Russian hacker collective the Sandworm Team.

In Kyrgyzstan, a Foreigner’s ‘Horse Penis’ Faux Pas Exposes Cultural Rift

"At the root of the story is a profound problem [...] the fundamental lack of mutual understanding between Kyrgyz- and Russian-speaking sections of the population."

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