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[liberationtech] Azerbaijan wants to register mobile phones

Katy Pearce ucsb kpearce at umail.ucsb.edu
Fri Jan 6 10:28:33 PST 2012


http://blog.novruzov.az/2012/01/azerbaijan-to-register-all-mobile.html

Blogger (and friend) Ali Zovruzov has translated a new law in Azerbaijan
where all mobile phones will be registered to the government and the
government will have the potential to shut off mobile communication.

The measure bypassed the parliament and was approved directly by the
Council of Ministers (which is sort of like the president's cabinet).

On his blog some commenters don't think that this is a big deal, but...

For some Azerbaijan context - it has been becoming more authoritarian and
using technology to aid that:
http://caucasusedition.net/analysis/%E2%80%9Cthis-is-what-can-happen-to-you%E2%80%9D-networked-authoritarianism-and-the-demonization-of-social-media-in-the-republic-of-azerbaijan/
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