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Changes to the open Internet in Kazakhstan

In May 2011, the Kazakhstan Network Information Centre notified Google of an order issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information in Kazakhstan that requires all .kz domain names, such as google.kz, to operate on physical servers within the borders of that country.

Creating borders on the web raises important questions for Google not only about network efficiency but also about user privacy and free expression. So they have decided to redirect users that visit google.kz to google.com in Kazakh. This means that Kazakhstan users will experience a reduction in search quality as results will no longer be customised for Kazakhstan (source).

The authoritarian regime of Nazarbayev is making its best to control the information and people but the more effort is made the more dangerous the situation will be when the people of Kazakhstan will try to get rid of it. It’s amazing how the history of all mankind teaches nothing such leaders.


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