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[liberationtech] Ethiopia criminalizes Skype?

Brian Conley brianc at smallworldnews.tv
Sat Jun 16 12:30:32 PDT 2012


That was also my first thought.

In Afghanistan, for example, out Iyad illegal to run voice or SMS gateways
due to telco restrictions (and probably others). Until last year this made
running SMS projects legally very difficult because the telcos didn't have
good facilities for interfacing with small contractors, among other things.
On Jun 15, 2012 3:16 PM, "Eva Galperin" <eva at eff.org> wrote:

> 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 eff.org
> (415) 436-9333 ex. 111
> ************************************************
>
> On 6/15/12 11:18 AM, David Johnson wrote:
> > http://www.techcentral.co.za/ethiopia-criminalises-skype/32723/
> >
> > 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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