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Archive for: December, 2017

Ethiopia faces social media blackout after new ethnic unrest

By  The Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia faces a social media blackout as clashes intensify between ethnic groups in various parts of the country. Facebook and Twitter are down Tuesday after reports emerged of killings on Monday by security forces in the Oromia region. Oromia regional spokesman Addisu Arega said the violence in [...]

እያንዣበበ ያለው አደጋና ማድረግ ያለብን (ባይሳ ዋቅ-ወያ)

ለውይይት መነሻ “ከየት እንደምጀምር ግራ ገባኝ እንጂ ማድረግ ያለብኝን ጠንቅቄ አውቃለሁ፣” አለች ቢምቢዋ ባህር ዳር ራቁታቸውን ፀሃይ ለመሞቅ የተኮለኮሉትን የነጭ ቱሪስቶች ዕርቃነ ሥጋ እየቃኘች። መግቢያ በቅርቡ “ድርድር ከወያኔ ጋር” የሚል ጽሁፍ ባንዳንድ ድህረ ገጾች አሳትሜ ነበር። በጽሁፎቹ ይዘት የረኩ በርካታ ግለሰቦች በተለያየ መንገድ ሃሳባቸውን አካፍለውኛል። ብዙዎቹ “የመደራደርን” መሰረተ ሃሳብ ትክክለኛነት ባይክዱም፣ የወያኔ ባህርይ ግን ለየት [...]

Ethiopia – Dissidents Targeted with new commercial spyware

By Bill Marczak, Geoffrey Alexander, Sarah McKune, John Scott-Railton, and Ron Deibert originally published by CitizenLab December 5, 2017 Key Findings This report describes how Ethiopian dissidents in the US, UK, and other countries were targeted with emails containing sophisticated commercial spyware posing as Adobe Flash updates and PDF plugins. Targets include a US-based Ethiopian diaspora media outlet, the Oromia Media [...]

Ethiopia among the 3 worst abusers of Internet Freedom

For the third consecutive year, China was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom, followed by Syria and Ethiopia. The country, ruled since 1991 by the authoritarian Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has long been a darling of democratic donors, who portray it as a haven of economic progress and stability in an insecure [...]

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The then-TPLF-dominated regime in Ethiopia was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .

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