Up to 15 years in prison for using Skype, Google Talk and other voice services in Ethiopia
The country’s authorities say the decision was made for “national security concerns” and to protect the telecommunications monopoly held by the government. Ethiopia has only one ISP, owned by the government, which filters access to the network to prevent the opposition blogs and sites like that.
Besides banning VoIP services, the law also prohibits “audio and data traffic through social networks”, as might be the Facebook video chat, for example. It is unclear how the government intends to monitor compliance with the law, although the option of going to prison 15 years sounds pretty deterrent.
According to Reporters Without Borders, the state ISP also installed a system that blocks access to Tor, preventing people to surf anonymously on the Internet. The body could be using a system to spy on relatively sophisticated packages to filter traffic.
Ethiopia is one of the countries with lower Internet penetration in the world – about 700,000 people have a connection, of the 84 million who live there.
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