Category: International

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‘The Turkmenator’: Turkmenistan’s President Plays Up His Gun and Knife Skills on State TV

(GV) – Turkmenistan’s president is at it again. Just few days after Global Voices highlighted Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s high-profile talents, which include singing and biking while his country falls into a deep financial crisis, a new video of the president started to circulate. This time, Berdimuhamedov is dressed in fatigues and showcasing…

Encryption is for ‘Real People’

(HRW) – In a recent op-ed, United Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd argued strong encryption was thwarting the government’s ability to monitor terrorists and criminals. Rudd expressed skepticism about the need for end-to-end encryption, reasoning that “real people” don’t prioritize security in…