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Aung San Suu Kyi and the Future of Myanmar - The Atlantic
The situation in Myanmar is not hopeless, but it depends on investing our aspirations in more than one person.
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10 days ago by beep
Beware Myanmar’s New Information War
"An internet blackout imposed by Myanmar’s government in parts of conflict-ridden Rakhine and Chin states has now been in place for nearly two months. It’s raising deep concerns about the safety of civilians in a region where researchers have already documented gross human rights violations by the military. The measure also harks back to the tight control of information under junta rule and is the latest in a long line of attacks on free speech." - Preeti Jha, The Diplomat
otf  myanmar  burma  asia  seasia  southeastasia  shutdown  blackout  access  rakhine  rohingya 
12 days ago by dmcdev
The on urged the intl. community to sever ties w/ Myanmar’s military. Revenues from domestic & fo…
FFM  Myanmar  UN  from twitter_favs
16 days ago by dalcrose
Rights Groups: Internet Shutdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine Hampers Aid Work, Causes Hardship
"Rights groups inside and outside Myanmar have called on the government to end the month-long shutdown of internet service in nine townships in the country’s war-torn western region, saying the move has had detrimental effects on the delivery of humanitarian aid to thousands of civilians displaced by armed conflict. 'The internet shutdown in Rakhine state has caused many hardships for the organizations providing the humanitarian assistance since we cannot effectively connect with the contacts we work with,' Nickey Diamond, a Myanmar human rights specialist with Asia-based Fortify Rights, told RFA’s Myanmar Service. 'We appeal to the government to resolve the internet shutdown as soon as possible,' he said." - Kyaw Lwin Oo, Radio Free Asia

+ Read the full Fortify Rights statement here: Myanmar: Lift Internet-Blackout in Rakhine and Chin States
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29 days ago by dmcdev
RT : : “We can’t move anywhere and now we can’t communicate with anyone,” said a resident in Maungdaw…
Myanmar  Rohingya  from twitter
4 weeks ago by dmcdev
The spyware used by Arab dictators has now shown up in Myanmar
"One of the oldest private hacking companies around found itself in the spotlight again this week. Gamma Group, a German company that sells spyware to the highest bidder, was discovered within the last year to be spying on dozens of mobile devices in different parts of the world by the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky. Last month, Kaspersky found Gamma Group’s FinSpy malware in Myanmar. The hacking tool known as FinSpy, if successful, steals everything from text messages to emails, photos, and GPS data. It also targets secure and encrypted messengers like Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram. Those apps, often used for their exceptional security against hackers at a distance, offer little protection against malware that’s successfully executed on a target’s phone." - Patrick Howell O'Neill, MIT Technology Review
otf  myanmar  burma  surveillance  gammagroup  finspy  asia  seasia  SoutheastAsia 
5 weeks ago by dmcdev
Buddhists Go to Battle: When Nationalism Overrides Pacifism
A call to arms for Sri Lankan monks. Ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar. A Buddhist faith known for pacifism is taking its place in a new age of nationalism.
Buddhism  religion  violence  conflict  SriLanka  Myanmar  review  critique  NYTimes  2019 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
RT : Hundreds of thousands of muslims in are living in concentration camps and urban ghettos like tho…
Rohingya  Myanmar  from twitter_favs
6 weeks ago by kohlmannj
Day 8 - Continuation with the discussion with Special Rapporteur on , . Wat…
HRC41  Myanmar  from twitter_favs
7 weeks ago by dalcrose
Myanmar: Internet Shutdown Risks Lives
Human Rights Watch

"The Myanmar government should immediately lift internet restrictions imposed on nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States, Human Rights Watch said today. The disruption to internet services since June 21, 2019 has exacerbated an information blackout and increased difficulties for humanitarian agencies and human rights groups to assist vulnerable populations in the face of increased fighting in the area. Telecommunication providers said Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications ordered them to shut down internet services in Ponnangyun, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Rathedaung, Maruk-U, Minbya, and Myebon townships in Rakhine State, and Paletwa township in neighboring Chin State, where fighting between Arakan Army forces and the Myanmar military is taking place.

'Myanmar authorities have imposed an internet blackout in Rakhine and Chin States that is depriving aid workers and rights monitors vital communications in a time of crisis,' said Brad Adams, Asia director. 'Governments and the United Nations should be pressing Myanmar to immediately restore full internet access crucial for the population’s safety.'"

+ Deutsche Welle: UN fears Myanmar internet blackout a 'cover' for abuses
otf  shutdown  access  myanmar  burma  asia  seasia  SoutheastAsia 
7 weeks ago by dmcdev
Myanmar shuts down internet in conflict areas as UN expert warns of potential abuses
"A top United Nations official has warned of 'serious implications for human rights' in parts of Myanmar after the government shut down mobile data networks.

According to Telenor, a Norwegian telecoms firm which operates mobile internet services in Myanmar, on June 20 all mobile phone operators were ordered to 'temporarily stop mobile internet traffic in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin State. The directive, which makes references to the Myanmar's Telecommunication Law, does not specify when the shutdown will end. As basis for its request,' Telenor said in a statement, adding that officials 'referenced disturbances of peace and use of internet services to coordinate illegal activities'...U Myo Swe, an official with the Ministry of Transport and Communications, told the Irrawaddy, a Myanmar news site, that this month's internet shutdown was 'for the sake of security and the public interest. All of us know the situation in Rakhine. People are in trouble, and many people have been displaced. The internet is one of the contributors to this. So, it has been temporarily suspended. It will be resumed when stability is restored,' U Myo Swe said. Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, said the internet shutdown could have the precise opposite effect, however.
'As there is no media access and serious restrictions on humanitarian organisations in the conflict-affected area, the entire region is in a blackout,' she said in a statement. 'I fear for all civilians there, cut off and without the necessary means t to communicate with people inside and outside the area."" - James Griffiths, CNN

See Telenor Group's full statement regarding the shutdown here
otf  myanmar  asia  seasia  southeastasia  shutdown  access  blackout  burma 
8 weeks ago by dmcdev
Facebook adds new limits to address the spread of hate speech in Sri Lanka and Myanmar • TechCrunch
Manish Singh and Jon Russell:
<p>As Facebook grapples with the spread of hate speech on its platform, it is introducing changes that limit the spread of messages in two countries where it has come under fire in recent years: Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

In a blog post on Thursday evening, Facebook said that it was “adding friction” to message forwarding for Messenger users in Sri Lanka so that people could only share a particular message a certain number of times. The limit is currently set to five people.

This is similar to a limit that Facebook introduced to WhatsApp last year. In India, a user can forward a message to only five other people on WhatsApp . In other markets, the limit kicks in at 20. Facebook said some users had also requested this feature because they are sick of receiving chain messages.

In early March, Sri Lanka grappled with mob violence directed at its Muslim minority. In the midst of it, hate speech and rumors started to spread like wildfire on social media services, including those operated by Facebook.</p>

Missed this at the time, but it's quite the thing to see how remarkably hard Facebook is rowing back on the whole "sharing stuff really easily is terrifically good for everyone" idea.
facebook  srilanka  myanmar  socialwarming 
8 weeks ago by charlesarthur

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