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18 June 2014

Stories from 18 June 2014

Why Conducting Academic Research in Khorog, Tajikistan is a Criminal Offense

The Bridge

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

RuNet Echo

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

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

Comas Make for Comedians on Russian Twitter

RuNet Echo

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.

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