“As Venezuela continues to spiral into political and economic disarray, access to phone calls and even websites abroad is under threat as operators can’t get hold of dollars and inflation is so high they don’t know how to price service. (…) President Nicolás Maduro then blocked companies from further increasing prices – and told telcos on Monday to sort the situation out or sell their business to the government if they are unable to do so – but the current reality is that phone and Internet services can only be afforded by a few.”
Daniel Boffey writes in the Guardian a very good observation on Russia’s modern warfare on the Internet, and how the new cold war has gone digital. Jānis Sārts, director of Nato’s strategic communications centre of excellence in Riga, is being interviewed and gives a very comprehensive picture on Russia’s internet troll factory, misleading Russian news agencies, and how they try to influence the public opinion in the Baltic states.
Indonesia plans to tax Internet companies operating in the country and reduce the bandwidth for the restMarch 2nd, 2016 Theme: Internet Freedom
Government officials have announced that Internet-based companies operating in Indonesia are facing a service blockage unless they don’t obtain a permanent establishment status and pay Indonesian taxes. A spokesman for the communication ministry said in an interview that even social media will be impacted. Indonesia has among the most active Twitter users in the world, and is home to the world’s fourth-largest number of Facebook users.
“How the world responds to the threat of cyberattacks will determine the extent to which future generations will be able to benefit from the digital era,” writes Carl Bildt in TheWorldReport.
Cuba has one of the lowest connectivity rates in the world and most users are only able to connect to the restricted and government controlled version of the internet, offering a national email system, pro-government blogs, and educational sources.
The socialist Venezuela is proposing a project that would force all Venezuelan citizens to lead their Internet traffic through a government controlled server to prevent the use of Google, Twitter, and other social media sites that might publish material unfavourable to the government. Control of the internet is critical for the socialist government, as the popularity plummets in the backwash of the arrests of major political dissidents.
The Turkish government is seeking to gain full control over the Internet via a legislative proposal that allows the prime minister or a member of the Cabinet to ban websites for 24 hours without a court order. The proposal comes after a failed attempt of the Telecommunications Directorate (TIP) in October last year to ban access to websites when the Constitutional Court annulled the amendment of giving the state controlled TIP the power to block access to websites without a court order.
China is widely known for its onerous Internet restrictions, referred to as the Great Firewall by Western security analysts, and is now tightening up its grip on the Internet even more with attacking V.P.N. providers. China has until recent been tolerant regarding V.P.N. connections as a life line for Chinese astronomers seeking the latest data from abroad, students submitting applications online to foreign universities, and for those who struggles to stay in touch with the Facebook friends one has made during trips to France, India and Singapore. These in one way tolerant days seem however to be over since the Chinese authorities has started to attack and disable some of the most widely used V.P.N. companies operating in the country.
Attackers were carrying out hits to make money, but were ‘co-opted’ into carrying out state espionage, say security researchers.
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently adopted a new resolution that reaffirms that “the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in particular freedom of expression.” The drafting of the text was led by Sweden and the United States of America among others, and its adaption was supported among 82 UN States while China, Cuba and the Russian Federation were voting in favour of an amendment.