Tag: censorship

Uganda to rethink social media tax after backlash

Uganda to rethink social media tax after backlash

Business, Internet, social media
Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash. The tax means Ugandans will now have to pay 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) a day to use popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made the announcement soon after police broke up a protest against the taxes. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the taxes to boost government revenue and to end "gossip" on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Critics accused the 75-year-old of trying to stifle dissenting voices. The social media tax targets the use of what are described as Over The Top (OTT) services, which offer "voice and messaging over the internet", according to a previous statement by telecom c...
Chinese government launches man-in-middle attack against iCloud

Chinese government launches man-in-middle attack against iCloud

Cyber Security, Internet
GreatFire.org, a group that monitors censorship by the Chinese government’s national firewall system (often referred to as the “Great Firewall”), reports that China is using the system as part of a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on users of Apple’s iCloud service within the country. The attacks come as Apple begins the official rollout of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the Chinese mainland. reports ARS Technica The attack, which uses a fake certificate and Domain Name Service address for the iCloud service, is affecting users nationwide in China. The GreatFire.org team speculates that the attack is an effort to help the government circumvent the improved security features of the new phones by compromising their iCloud credentials and allowing the government to gain access to cloud-stored c

Blocking Facebook: A Hot New Trend in Southeast Asia?

Internet, social media
When clashes broke out in Mandalay in central Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims early this month, the initial response of the government was to impose a curfew. Then, it blocked Facebook. Written byMong Palatino Police claimed blocking the social network would help prevent the spread of violence, but citizens and free speech advocates were skeptical of this rationale. In an interview with the Irrawaddy Magazine, Myanmar Chief Police Officer Win Kaung admitted that the government ordered the blocking. He explained that their aim was to stop religious extremists from using the Internet to incite more hatred between people of different faiths: Yes, we blocked it. We wanted to stop the instigation. When they are doing the instigation or spreading the unverified news, this co...

Russia: Veto online Law to Restrict Online Freedom, Bloggers to use real names

Domains, Governance, Internet
Written by Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Russia should not impose unjustified regulations on freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet, Human Rights Watch said today. A restrictive new law requires Russian bloggers with significant followings to register with the authorities and comply with the same regulations as media outlets. On April 22, 2014, Russia’s State Duma adopted amendments to counter-terrorism legislation, including a new law on “Internet users called bloggers.” The law requires bloggers with more than 3,000 daily visitors online to register with Roskomnadzor, the state body for media oversight. Once registered, bloggers will have the same legal constraints and responsibilities as mass media outlets, including verifying information for accuracy, indicating the mini

Turkey Blocks Access to YouTube days after Twitter ban

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, just a week after the country blocked Twitter, and only three days ahead of local elections in the country. Turkish netizens started reporting the block after 10:30 a.m. ET. The ban was ordered on Thursday after leaked recordings of a security meeting were published on YouTube, according to Hurriyet Daily News. Turkey may lift the ban if YouTube agrees to remove the leaked audio recordings, according to a source inside the prime minister office consulted by Reuters. It's unclear at this point if Google will agree to that since the company already refused to remove videos alleging government corruption last week. The video that led to the block was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by an anonymous user, according to Reuters. The video purported to be a...