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Why is Twitter censoring terrorist groups?

For Al Jazeera English, I wrote about Twitter’s ad hoc deletion of accounts belonging to terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab and the Islamic Jihad Union. I touched on this briefly at Registan after the Islamic Jihad Union’s two accounts were shut … Continue reading

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My thoughts on freedom of speech

For Al Jazeera, I examine recent controversies over freedom of speech: The battle lines of free speech are often drawn over the banal. One strategy of those who seek to minimise the argument of the offended party is to scoff … Continue reading

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The homecoming of Ramil Safarov

For Al Jazeera, I write about the strange, sad case of Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani officer who murdered an Armenian officer at a NATO camp in Hungary in 2004, was sentenced to prison in 2006, and was extradited last week … Continue reading

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Why I Censored Myself

I got an email last week from a woman from Uzbekistan who is now living outside the country. She had read my Atlantic article about Gulnara Karimova, liked it, and decided to post it on her Facebook page. She then … Continue reading

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Internet and Social Control in Uzbekistan

The NetProphet blog at Transitions Online did a nice review of my new report for the New America Foundation on internet freedom and social control in Uzbekistan: The study, by American anthropologist Sarah Kendzior is the most comprehensive on this … Continue reading

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Digital Freedom of Expression in Uzbekistan

Today the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation published my report, “Digital Freedom of Expression in Uzbekistan:  An example of social control, and censorship,  in the 21st Century”. You can download it here. This report has been in … Continue reading

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Internet at Liberty

Last week I presented during the “lightning round” of Google’s Internet at Liberty conference. This meant that I had to turn an extensive study Katy Pearce and I did of internet freedom in Azerbaijan into a five-minute spiel. The full … Continue reading

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Why does Azerbaijan hate the internet?

Katy Pearce and I have a new article on social media in Azerbaijan. For Slate, we discuss how the Azerbaijani government is clamping down on the internet before Eurovision. Instead of censoring the internet outright, they are waging a propaganda … Continue reading

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Networked Authoritarianism and Social Media in Azerbaijan

Katy Pearce and I have a new article out in the Journal of Communication called “Networked Authoritarianism and Social Media in Azerbaijan”. We wrote about the reaction to the 2009 “donkey blogger” incident, in which activists Adnan Hajizada and Emin … Continue reading

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Wikipedia ban in Uzbekistan

My Atlantic article about the ban on the Uzbek-language Wikipedia in Uzbekistan is a TIME magazine must-read of the week. They write: Wikipedia Ban – The Atlantic explores Uzbekistan’s bizarre ban on the social information site Wikipedia. The government recently banned … Continue reading

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