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[liberationtech] New report on Internet Censorship and Surveillance in Turkmenistan

Rafal Rohozinski r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca
Wed Jan 2 09:01:50 PST 2013


The SecDev Group has released a study of Internet censorship and surveillance in Turkmenistan.  The  report was commissioned and financially supported by the Open Society Foundations.  It is posted on the ONI Website , and can also be downloaded from here

Neither Here Nor There: Turkmenistan’s Digital Doldrums


Abstract

Turkmenistan is slowly emerging from decades of darkness. President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov has vowed to modernize the country by encouraging the uptake of new technology for economic development and more efficient governance. Hundreds of thousands of Turkmen citizens are now online. However, the country faces serious challenges as it prepares to go digital. Infrastructure is primitive, and public access is enforced by a state monopoly. Slow speeds, exorbitant pricing, and technological illiteracy all constitute major hurdles. A new study from the SecDev Group highlights the ambivalent policies and practices that have left Turkmenistan mired in the digital doldrums, torn between its desire to join the worldwide web and its compulsion to control cyberspace.
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