Armenian Defence Ministry headquarters moved from its old building on Yerevan-Ashtarak highway to a new location in north Yerevan, between the Avan and Nor Nork communities, back in September 2008.
The construction of the ministry complex was one of the largest construction projects undertaken in Armenia in recent years, costing some 16 billion drams (about $43 million at the current exchange rate) to build. Continue reading
Public relations and information center of the President’s Administration has launched a ‘Hot-line’ service aimed at collecting data on cases of misinformation and falsifications of facts related to Armenia and Armenians from the internet and various other open sources of information. The service will also look for “violations of the right to receive reliable information with the objective of taking action to eradicate such violations”.
“Dissemination of inaccurate, partial, false information and misinformation, formation of negative opinion about Armenia and Armenians seriously damage the international authority of the Republic of Armenia and the information interests of Armenians”, the official statement runs – soliciting calls to firstname.lastname@example.org if met with such information.
This news poses a variety of questions. What is the prime target for the center? Will it be paying more attention to information sources based in Turkey, Azerbaijan? If yes – how does the center plan to counter disinformation disseminated by them – clearly it has neither the authority nor the technical means to counter information disseminated by news outlets like Hurriet or Day.az.
Does this than turn out to become a tool directly primarily at news sources based in Armenia? Can it be considered a disguised form of censorship? What is the legal basis for the ‘action’ to be taken? The Armenian Constitution and media legislation says nothing about the ‘right to receive reliable information’ – who has invented it and for what purpose?
(Thanks to Ogostos’ blog for bringing this to my attention)
Armenian authorities have unveiled details of the National Concept on Information Security, which would, in theory, enable the National Security Service read all private mail sent and received in Armenia.
I’ve higlighted the paragraph, which caused special concern.
Mediamax — Yerevan, 30 April: The Armenian government approved today a number of legislative amendments, proceeding from the Concept on Information Security that was approved on 26 April.
The head of the Armenian National Security Service (NSS), Gorik Hakobyan, said at today’s session of the government that the NSS would set up a special centre of international computer network, which will ensure the security of accessible information in electronic documents of Armenia’s state agencies.
The head of the NSS said that appropriate equipment for the special centre would be installed in technological areas of internet providers.
Hakobyan said that the special centre would allow to filtrate possible external viruses and prevent attacks on the servers of state agencies
Many Armenians received a SPAM email message today from someone called Inessa Gabayan, who claims she’s been robbed and asks for money. The ironic thing though, is that Western Union is banned in Armenia! So you see, all those efforts are in vain, dear scammers! Nobody would be able to send you anything even if they wanted to! Read my blog from time to time next time you attempt such a dumb scam :) Here’s an extract from the email:
I know it a bit strange for me to have contacted you under this situation and time, believe me because i have limited access to people and i have chosen you in time of need.
I don’t know what to do or where to go,I have access to only emails, No Phone, Please can you send me $1800 today so i can return home, As soon as i get home i would refund it immediately ,you need to help me have it sent through Western Union money Transfer because there is no account here.
PS: I hate when people write ‘i’ with a small letter and don’t put spaces after comma!!!