War censorship exposes Putin’s leaky internet controls

Long before waging war on Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin was working to make Russia’s internet a powerful tool of surveillance and social control akin to China’s so-called Great Firewall.

So when Western tech companies began cutting ties with Russia following its invasion, Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov was alarmed. He’d spent years exposing Russian censorship and feared that well-intentioned efforts to aid Ukraine would instead help Putin isolate Russians from the free flow of information, aiding the Kremlin’s propaganda war.

To continue reading this Associated Press report, go to:
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-putin-technology-business-europe-1b8fec033200c33a2aef83b3d2d18713

Also see:

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.
https://edition.cnn.com/2022/03/12/tech/russia-internet-censorship-circumvention/index.html

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