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Tajikistan: Data Gateway Deals Blow to Internet Freedom

During his visit to the opening of the central district library in Hissar, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon talks to an employee about the digital database of books and the library’s computer system. The Tajik government recently created an agency where all digital traffic — be it from mobile phones or the Internet — will be filtered through a network gateway run by state-owned telecommunications company Tojiktelecom. (Photo: Tajikistan Presidential Press Service)

In November, international experts and officials gathered in the capital of Tajikistan to discuss the country’s obligations in the telecommunications sector under its recently minted World Trade Organization membership status.
 
Just over a month later, President Emomali Rahmon signed a decree that industry insiders argue could kill off competition and make a mockery of the country’s WTO commitments.
 
In its latest effort to fasten its grip over the flow of information in and out of the country, the government has established an agency called the “Unified Electronic Communications Switching Center,” abbreviated as EKTs in Russian.

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