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[liberationtech] Ethiopia criminalizes Skype?

Eva Galperin eva at
Fri Jun 15 15:24:57 PDT 2012

Criminalizing VOIP in order to preserve government and crony-held
monopolies on telecommunications is not uncommon. Companies like BiTek
sell VOIP-management tools to governments specifically aimed at
detecting and blocking Skype calls in order to preserve the revenue for
state-run telecoms.

I would be much more worried about the proclamations’ anti-terrorism and
defamatory laws related provisions.

Eva Galperin
International Freedom of Expression Coordinator
Electronic Frontier Foundation
eva at
(415) 436-9333 ex. 111

On 6/15/12 11:18 AM, David Johnson wrote:
> Ethiopia’s state-owned Internet service provider, the Ethiopian
> Telecommunication Corporation (Ethio-Telcom), has begun performing
> deep-packet inspection of all Internet traffic in the country. The
> country’s government recently ushered in new legislation that criminalises
> the use of services such as Skype, Google Talk and other forms of Internet
> phone calling. ...
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