January 24, 2014

How Ukrainian Authorities Are Using Smartphones as Weapons Against Protesters

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 5.53.56 PM.png Earlier this week, the Ukrainian government sent out a mass text message to every cell phone-carrying protester it determined to be "a participant in a mass disturbance," alerting them to their eligibility for arrest under a draconian new anti-protest law. Suddenly, every cell phone-carrying Ukrainian in the wrong place at the wrong time was left vulnerable—the state was exploiting smartphones and their signals to try to stamp out dissent. Motherboard reports.

quotemarksright.jpgNow, the same authorities are again turning to smartphones as tools by which to suppress dissent, but this time it's the police themselves that are wielding the mobile technology. This disturbing video, filmed with a smartphone, depicts police inflicting brutal, abuse and harassment on a naked protester. It went viral yesterday and has had over a million views.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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