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

Eva Galperin eva at
Thu Jan 3 16:11:33 PST 2013

Thank you for sharing your report, Rafal. I read it with great interest.

I see that you devoted about a third of this report to Internet
surveillance in Turkmenistan, but you don't mention Gamma or Finfisher
even once. The discovery that Gamma International's products were being
used to spy on citizens in over a dozen countries, including
Turkmenistan, was a pretty major story last year. Was there a reason why
you decided to leave it out of the report?

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

On 1/2/13 9:01 AM, Rafal Rohozinski wrote:
> 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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