Resurging internet shutdowns in 2022: weapons of control, shields of impunity
Digital dictatorship: authoritarian tactics and resistance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Dictators are using digital tools to repress and suppress democratic dissent, reinforcing digital authoritarianism. Our latest report looks at what’s happening in the EECA region, and how pro-democracy activists are fighting back against digital dictatorship.
Resisting the rise of digital dictatorship in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
“Digital dictatorship: authoritarian tactics and resistance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” unpacks the tools of oppression in the region, and explores resistance.
Uzbekistan region in information vacuum, authorities must #KeepItOn
Access Now is demanding an end to an information vacuum that is exacerbating social unrest in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan.
What Turkmenistan internet shutdowns tell us about digital repression in Central Asia
Turkmenistan internet shutdowns are extreme. Here’s why the international community must take action to combat the wave of online censorship engulfing Central Asia.
More heads roll as TeliaSonera probes deals with ‘dictator’s daughter’
Swedish telco TeliaSonera is taking further steps to remedy its involvement in corrupt business deals in Uzbekistan, most recently by Monday’s ousting of four senior executives.
Commonwealth of Surveillance States: The dangers of Russian-made surveillance technology
Access recently released a paper by Peter Bourgelais, an Access Tech Fellow, highlighting the growing electronic surveillance in post-Soviet Central Asia and the difficulties of regulating its manufacture and distribution. In Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, Russian-made technologies and companies dominate the market, and techniques that have limited regulatory efficacy elsewhere — such as export controls and public campaigning — are much less effective.
Teliasonera CEO resigns in wake of corruption probe
Amid allegations of corruption and bribery in Uzbekistan, Swedish telco giant TeliaSonera’s chief executive resigned today after an independent probe found faults with the company’s due diligence in securing the contract.