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Leak Reveals Ecuadorian Government Censored Internet

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 15, 2016, 9:07 am
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President Rafael Correa has been accused numerous times of obstructing free speech (Kremlin)

EspañolThe Ecuadorian government and the Association of Internet Providers (AEPROVI) worked to block access to certain webpages, according to an Ecuador Transparente press release released Thursday, April 14.

The organization published documents from the telephone company Telefónica, which described that on March 28, 2014, its users reported problems loading Google and Youtube, and that the reason for this problem was that the AEPROVI had blocked access to certain webpages per the request of the national government.

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Founded in 2000, AEPROVI makes up the majority of the companies providing internet to Ecuador (including Claro, Movistar, CNT and Netlife) and controls more than 95 percent of the clients and traffic generated in the country.

According to Ecuador Transparente, this information demonstrates that the Ecuadorian government, through “opaque agreements with the AEPROVI,” has the technical ability to block access to the internet throughout the country.

The organization has said in the past that there is a lack of transparency on the part of President Rafael Correa’s government.

[adrotate group=”7″]“The public doesn’t know that pages are censured, what the government’s motives are for doing so, how many times this has happened or what the process should actually be,” the NGO said in a statement.

It also condoned a lack of representation of the rights of the users and the absence of independent organizations that can guarantee transparency or fight back on this issue.

Source: Ecuador Transparente

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Argentinean Court Orders Uber to Cease Operations in Buenos Aires

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Apr 15, 2016, 8:35 am
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EspañolThe Buenos Aires Administrative and Tax Court No. 15 has ordered the government to “follow all necessary measures to suspend any business carried out by Uber.” These precautionary measures will be enforced until a final ruling over a protection request has been decided. The request was made this week by the Autotaxis Business Chamber, the Buenos Aires Taxi Laborers Union, the Capital’s Civil Association of Taxi Drivers, the Car with Taximeters Company and the Union of Taxi Car Owners. Judge Victor Tronfetti requested the Government Control Agency to report if Uber has submitted an authorization request for public transport of passengers. He also asked the Public Revenue Administration and the Transportation Ministry to look into whether Uber has requested a work permit. Read more: Uber defies all criticism and starts operations in Buenos Aires Read more: Taxi drivers protest Uber start, generating chaos in Buenos Aires This would be the first legal action against Uber in Argentina. The company announced this week that it would formally begin operations at 4 pm on Tuesday, April 12, which caused surprise among the Taxi drivers Union and the Buenos Aires government. [adrotate group="7"] In response to the Uber announcement, taxi drivers blocked important avenues of the city for three hours, causing local chaos and unrest. City government officials said Uber does not meet legal requirements to provide public transport service in the city. Transportation Secretary Juan Jose Mendez said drivers using Uber would be fined and their cars towed away. Social media was loaded with angry messages in response to the taxi drivers' protest, complaining about the difficulties caused by the road closures. Social media also expressed their experiences with the use of the Uber that began on Tuesday, highlighting the low prices and good customer service. Source: Clarín, La Nación.

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