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Digital Blockade in Burma




We’re on our second day of the seminar/workshop and some of the representatives of the 11 countries that attended this event were given the opportunity to present their current situation. We had Soe Aung of Burma and Mamood Ahmed Khan of Pakistan taking the floor and explaining the issues concerning their respective countries.

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One of the shocking facts I learned from Burma’s represetative was the prohibitive cost of connectivity and communication.


  • USD$500 – the cost to setup a dial-up account.
  • USD$3,000 – the ost to have broadband/DSL setup in your home
  • USD$5,000 – the cost of having your own personal mobile phone

Likewise, you need to apply for a license just to own a fax machine or a modem. If you are caught with one without a license, you could go to jail for 7 to 10 years! Yes, the government practically controls these channels of communication which is why gatherings such as these are important to the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats.

Makes you really appreciate the slow and erratic Smart Bro for $20 a month right?

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Abe Olandres



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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5 Responses

  1. Hmm. Lots of laptops! I don’t see anyone using a Mac, though! :P

  2. The Ca t says:

    yes, abe when we get to other countries and places, that’s the time we appreciate Philippines.

    So whenever, i read commentaries or whines about the philippines, I can’t help but think that the person has not yet left the country.

    Or if ever they did, it must have been for leisure only and they saw what the country woud like the tourists to see.

  3. seav says:

    Just curious, do you prefer calling the country Burma or Myanmar?

  4. yuga says:

    Burma is the term for peace-loving people. Myanmar is the term for those who support the military junta.

  5. spark says:

    Unfortunately, Myanmar is still under a repressive authoritarian regime. Control of information is an absolute must to control the people. Its really sad what the Burmese have had to deal with in the past 3 or 4 decades.

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