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Uzbekistan Increases Requirements for Internet Providers and Internet Cafes
Source: en.trend.az
Source Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Uzbekistan
Created: Apr 09, 2014

A resolution of the State Committee for Communication, Information and Telecommunication Technologies has entered into force in Uzbekistan.

The requirements for Internet providers rendering Internet services in public areas are being increased.

Besides the usual hardware (computers, modems , telephones and other equipment ), the providers must install surveillance cameras in Internet cafes to ensure the safety of visitors, according to the resolution.

The regulator also imposed a ban on the location of an internet cafe in the basement or semi-basement rooms of multistory buildings.

Uzbekistan has recently strengthened control over the Internet space to combat terrorism.

Uzbekistan announced the creation of a new social network - Bamboo in February 2014.

It should unite the users in the country, according to the project authors. The new social network resembles Twitter, but it is focused on getting large information about users.

The number of internet users (without mobile Internet users) increased by 18.3 percent to 7.1 million in Uzbekistan in 2013, according to the official data.

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