Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants

As Russia attacks Ukraine, the authorities in Moscow are intensifying a censorship campaign at home by squeezing some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Last week, Russian authorities warned Google, Meta, Apple, Twitter, TikTok and others that they had until the end of this month to comply with a new law that requires them to set up legal entities in the country. The so-called landing law makes the companies and their employees more vulnerable to Russia’s legal system and the demands of government censors, legal experts and civil society groups said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/26/technology/russia-censorship-tech.html

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China, Russia prepare new push for state-controlled internet
Officials and stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic expect China to put forward a renewed proposal for a centralised version of internet governance this week, which will probably take the discussion into political rather than technological territory.

The new proposal is expected to be presented in Geneva at the World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly. Every four years, the WTSA decides the next ‘mandate’ of the standardisation body of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nation’s agency for ICT technologies.
https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/china-russia-prepare-new-push-for-state-controlled-internet/

Demand for VPNs in Russia, Ukraine leaps as internet control tightens
As Russian and Ukrainian websites fall victim to cyber attacks and Moscow restricts access to some foreign social media, internet users across both countries have turned to online tools to help circumvent the blocks.

Demand for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that encrypt data and obscure where a user is located has soared, data from monitoring firm Top10VPN showed, peaking 354% higher in Russia on Sunday when compared to the daily average from Feb. 16-23.
https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/demand-vpns-russia-ukraine-leaps-internet-control-tightens-2022-02-28/

Ukraine War Tests the Power of Tech Giants
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has become a defining geopolitical moment for some of the world’s biggest tech companies, as their platforms have turned into major battlefields for a parallel information war and their data and services have become vital links in the conflict.

Over the last few days, Google, Meta, Twitter, Telegram and others have been forced to grapple with how to wield that power, caught between escalating demands by Ukrainian, Russian, European Union and U.S. officials.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/technology/ukraine-russia-social-media.html

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