The Blog — Eastern Europe
Movements Monday: Emin Milli Free, Burmese Journalists Hacked, Vietnamese Blogger in Mental Hospital
In this week's roundup of trending news at the nexus of human rights and digital activism: Azerbaijani activist Emin Milli is released from jail, Journalists in Burma are the victims of state-sponsored hacking,
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Ever since social networks have come under greater scrutiny for their role in the Arab Spring -- and indeed in the U.K. riots -- repressive governments have been scrambling to find ways to rein in the unruly kids and their social networks.
Shutdowns aren’t always good things (except in times of crisis) as they generate bad headlines, so instead there has been a push from some governments to create their own sanitized networks. A new social network called Muloqot is being launched in Uzbekistan in conjunction with the state telecom monopoly. Muloqot can be translated as “dialogue” or “conversation”.
Remember protests in Kyrgyzstan? They came about quickly, were marked by violence from nearly the beginning, and managed to oust an entrenched and corrupt leadership. A year later, young people (over half of the population is under 25) are struggling to have a voice in the new political system.
Clearly there is no reason to think that the Belarussian government isn't savvy at cracking down on dissent, but here's some sign that dissenters are keeping up. More and more people are using social networks to spread information, but they're doing so anonymously.