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State of Internet Censorship in Russia

Russia has a long history with Internet censorship, but recent legislation gives the government more power than ever to restrict online speech.  Russia’s government has not needed special legislation in order to stifle online speech.  For example, in 2004 the Kremlin pressured Lithuania into shutting down the Kavkaz Center, a website of an independent, international […]

Brazilian congress to vote on Internet Bill of Rights, potentially postponed

The Brazilian Government is scheduled to vote on a newly drafted a bill of rights for Internet users.  Global Voices explains that the proposed ‘Marco Civil da Internet’, [E]stablishes a clear set of rights and responsibilities for users, sets strong net neutrality principles, and shields Internet intermediaries (Internet service providers, hosting platforms, social networking and […]

Russian-language Wikipedia goes dark to protest Internet blacklist law

The Russian-language version of Wikipedia will be dark for 24 hours to protest a proposed law that would allow a government agency to blacklist websites containing pornography, drug advertisements or extremist ideas. The Duma, Russia’s parliament, is slated to review the controversial amendments to the country’s “Law on Information” for the second of three readings […]

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