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Improving Legal Safeguards for Internet Freedom in Georgia

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Balancing internet freedom and protecting citizens from harmful online activities and content can be complicated. In Georgia, this debate is playing out as authorities seek to update regulations to protect internet consumers and providers within the country. Originally adopted in 2006, Georgia’s “Regulation on Provision of Services and Protection of Consumer Rights in the Sphere of Electronic Communications,” requires modification. The grounds for deeming content as unallowable are vague and leave room for interpretation. As a subgrantee of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), the Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), recently prepared seven legislative initiatives to help strike the balance between freedom and protection by better defining what can be considered inadmissible content. (more…)

6.5 Out of 10 Are Internet Users in Armenia

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As of December 2016, 64.2% of the population in Armenia uses the internet. According to the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies, in 2016, as compared to 2015, the number of internet users grew almost by 10%. In 2015, 55.29% of the population was using the internet. The most recent data on communications and technologies on the ministry’s website are from December 2016. (more…)