Category Archives: Censorship

Classic Internet Censorship: New regulations in Indonesia show that strict online controls are no longer confined to autocratic countries like China.

I want us to consider the implications of this new reality: In three of the four most populous countries in the world, governments have now given themselves the power to order that the internet be wiped of citizens’ posts that the authorities don’t like.

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Russia’s information war expands through Eastern Europe

As bullets and bombs fall in Ukraine, Russia is waging an expanding information war throughout Eastern Europe, using fake accounts and propaganda to spread fears about refugees and rising fuel prices while calling the West an untrustworthy ally.

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Kremlin tightens control over Russians’ online lives – threatening domestic freedoms and the global internet

Since the start of Russia’s war on Ukraine in late February 2022, Russian internet users have experienced what has been dubbed the descent of a “digital iron curtain.”

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China’s Internet Censors Try a New Trick: Revealing Users’ Locations

For years China’s censors have relied on a trusted tool kit to control the country’s internet. They have deleted posts, suspended accounts, blocked keywords, and arrested the most outspoken.

Now they are trying a new trick: displaying social media users’ locations beneath posts.

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Russian internet users are learning how to beat Putin’s internet crackdown

A digital Iron Curtain may be descending on Russia, as President Vladimir Putin struggles to control the narrative about his war in Ukraine. The Kremlin has already moved to block Facebook and Twitter, and its latest step in that direction came Friday as the government announced plans to block Instagram in the country, as well.

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