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Stories about Technology

18 December 2014

The Russian Internet Is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make It Even Worse.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

17 December 2014

The Pakistanis Choosing Light Over Darkness After the Horrific Peshawar School Attack

As the last of the hostages were rescued at an army-run school in Peshawar, where 145 were killed by six Taliban gunmen, Pakistanis tried to find light in the darkness.

9 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

5 December 2014

Everyone but South Koreans Can Watch South Korean TV on YouTube

South Korea's major TV networks are restricting Internet users in the country from watching their content on YouTube, but users with international IP addresses can still enjoy their videos.

30 November 2014

Solar Homes Helping to End ‘Power Discrimination’ in Bangladesh

45% of Bangladesh—mostly people living in rural areas—is without electricity access. The Solar Home System Project is revolutionizing that imbalance.

27 November 2014

The Story Behind Iran's Censorship Redirect Page

Global Voices Advocacy

When Internet users in Iran try to access a blocked website, they're taken to www.peyvandha.ir. The page has changed throughout the years, reflecting the government's evolving approach to censorship.

24 November 2014

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

18 November 2014

Ugandans Launch Hashtag Campaign Against Telecom Giant

Ugandans have grumbled for years about MTN's lousy service, but some Twitter users finally decided earlier this month to pool their influence and launch a consumer-rights hashtag campaign.

17 November 2014

Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop

RuNet Echo

A group of ecologists dropped nine miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down a toilet in a St. Petersburg suburb and mapped the devices’ signals. The results were terrifying.

14 November 2014

The Google Bus Is Bringing Internet Skills to Half A Million Students in Bangladesh

"It's just great :) Though it's new to me but feeling excited. Hope in Bangladesh it will spread soon and gain popularity..."

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