Monthly Archives: February 2021

Warren Wyden DeSaulnie to Venntel re Mobile Phone Location Data

With Americans installing contact-tracing apps as part of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, it has become increasingly important to make sure that the American public has a full understanding of who is collecting their location data, how it may be provided to the government, and what the government is doing with it. Continue reading

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In Praise of Hawala By J. Orlin Grabbe

A typical hawala transaction in Dubai, here on the shore of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, might go like this. Iqbal, a Pakistani working in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, gets paid in cash, in UAE Continue reading

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Russia Threatens To Fine Social Media Giants For Not Deleting Protest-related Posts

“Social networks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, as well as YouTube video hosting will be fined for failure to comply with the requirements to suppress the spread of appeals to minors to participate in unauthorized rallies on January 23,” said Russia media watchdog. Continue reading

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How the Kremlin Cracked Down on Online Promotion for The Protests

According to a report from Roskomnadzor, TikTok has deleted 38% of its content with videos about Saturday’s protest, while YouTube and Russian social media site VKontakte has removed half of their content calling on minors to join the rallies and Facebook-owned Instagram 17%. Continue reading

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