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Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their Cyber-Borders

A technician sets up computers during a three-day camp for Kazakh bloggers in Almaty in March 2011. Blogging platform LiveJournal is one of several external websites currently blocked by the Kazakh government. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

An obscure organization is urging governments across the former Soviet Union to shore up their “cyber-borders” in the face of threats from potential color revolutions, and consider blocking websites such as Google, Facebook and YouTube. 
 
As appeals go, it was largely forgettable and prone to hyperbole. Yet the sentiment at the core of the message sounds like familiar background music as authorities in the region look for new ways to keep unwelcome messengers at arm’s length. 
 
The statement, purporting to be the handiwork of an entity calling itself the Organization of Eurasian Cyber-Security, laid out its recommendations last week in a blizzard of emails to media outlets across Central Asia. The emails were an evident attempt to spark enthusiasm for online censorship.
 
The group warns citizens in the region, including business leaders and high-ranking officials, that their data is not secure because the Internet and other means of communication can be “under the control of companies and services representing another state.”
 

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