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Russian government latest to propose state-sponsored social network

The Russian government plans to launch a Facebook-esque social network on which users can use their personal accounts to upload content and create groups.  While this decision would make Russia one of a number of countries launching state-sponsored social media platforms, it remains unclear whether such a site could rival widely available popular alternatives in […]

New Vietnamese Internet mandate may further curb freedom of speech

Article 19 reports that Vietnam is implementing a new Internet regulatory mandate that may significantly alter free speech in the country.  They explain that the decree “requires all online users to use their real names and personal details, which in turn will create an environment of self-censorship.”  In addition to requiring real identities, the law […]

Vietnam’s New Green Dam?

Crossposted on OpenNet Initiative Blog Vietnam is continuing its steep fall down a slippery slope of Internet censorship and filtration and is raising more concerns over its new cyber-technology implementation. Internet censorship is nothing new to Vietnam, yet its policies have remained very much out of the public spotlight in other parts of the world.  […]

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