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Stories about Technology

16 February 2015

Social Media Is Changing How Consumers in India Interact With Companies

Got a complaint? When consumers in India do, around 25% of them post their grievances online before lodging their complaint in court.

10 February 2015

RuNet Watchdog ‘Baffled’ by Twitter's Refusal to Block Kremlin's Opponents

RuNet Echo

Alexandr Zharov, head of Roscomnadzor, told journalists that Twitter "has consistently refused to adhere to the demands of Russian legislation, including those aimed at combatting extremism."

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Global Voices Advocacy

Courts offer citizens occasional protection from Ankara's vicious war on freedom of expression and privacy, so government is looking for laws that bypass them.

Explore Bangladesh From Your Computer, Thanks to Google Street View

Bangladesh's Google Street View launched February 5. One Facebook user posted his amusement at seeing his lungi, a sarong-type cloth, appear in the image (it was hanging from his balcony).

9 February 2015

Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?

Global Voices Advocacy

Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.

8 February 2015

‘We Need to Be Careful Even of What We Think': Self-Censorship in Venezuela

Global Voices AdvocacyThe Bridge

"Since the start of the protests, I had been mapping online censorship and helping people use encrypted communication tools. When the police came, I got up, scared to the bone."

6 February 2015

Crimean IT Industry Wilts Under Western Sanctions

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Western sanctions come at a high cost to IT-professionals and citizens in disputed Crimea, as companies like Apple and Google are blocking access to their services.

4 February 2015

Stop the Music: Spotify Cancels Launch in Russia

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Spotify is leaving Russia in response to the economic crisis, the political situation, and the draconian Internet laws.

3 February 2015

WeChat Won't Show Chinese Users BMW Ads If It Thinks They're Poor

A newly launched ad service within friend circles show some users BMW ads, while others see Coca-Cola ads, leading angry netizens to accuse the messaging app of discrimination.

30 January 2015

As a Drone Captures Global Voices at 10, a Few Thoughts from Cebu

The Bridge

I was blogging and tweeting frenetically, trying to capture the conversations in panels and halls, soaking up as much news and perspective as I could from friends around the world.

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