Russians protest against online 'iron curtain' controls as Vladimir Putin considers tougher internet restrictions
Posted in: Government & Policy at 12/03/2019 20:22
Russian internet users and the media have warned of a new online "iron curtain" brought about by tough new controls critics say will stifle dissent.
The anger has been growing in recent weeks, and in the latest protests, thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities to rally against the proposed changes.
Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest
Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users.
The sanctioned rally on Sunday was organized in response to a bill in parliament that would route all internet traffic through servers in Russia, making virtual private networks (VPNs) ineffective.