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Stories about Regulation

4 February 2015

Stop the Music: Spotify Cancels Launch in Russia

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

23 January 2015

WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash

Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.

14 January 2015

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

12 January 2015

Intel Shuts Down Its Russian-Language Developer Forums

Intel's decision could create an important precedent, showing how easily new RuNet regulations spill into seemingly innocuous blogging activities.

31 December 2014

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges

Although plans are now on hold due to regulatory restrictions, advocates worry that the company may yet find a way impose the fee increase.

10 December 2014

Netizen Report: Draft Security Law in Kenya Could Bring Surveillance, Stiff Penalties

This week GitHub takes a hit in Russia and UK "safe" Internet filters block Germany's historic hacker club site.

Draft Telecom Law Would Give Ecuador's Defense Ministry Special Powers

A proposed telecom law in Ecuador would create a special tax for mobile phone service operators, and could give the Ministry of Defense increased powers in situations of "public calamity".

13 November 2014

Venezuela: E-Commerce Bill Would Give Authorities New Avenue for Online Censorship

The first draft of the e-commerce bill grants the telecommunications authority new powers to block websites found in breach of the bill's restrictions.

12 November 2014

Netizen Report: Whether North or South, Net Neutrality is a Tough Nut to Crack

We begin this report with a look at policy making on network neutrality in Argentina and the United States.

30 October 2014

Netizen Report: Hungarians Reject “Internet Tax” With Protests, Motherboards

This week, protesters reject the Internet tax in Hungary, Italian wonks cook up a new Internet bill of rights, and malware menaces use Ebola paranoia to their own gain.