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Internet Censorship: China, Russia Seek Greater Control of Internet, US says

Internet Censorship Protest

China and Russia are buying increasingly powerful surveillance technologies to intercept communications and try to take control of the Internet, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Alec Ross, the U.S. secretary of state’s senior adviser for innovation, said new

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Posted in Internet Censorship, Science & Technology, World News

Internet Censorship: Russian Duma Approves Internet Blacklist Bill

The Russian Duma overwhelmingly approved the controversial Internet regulation Bill № 89417-6. 441. A total of 441 out of 450 deputies representing all four party factions within the Duma, voted to support the bill. The regulations set forth within the

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Posted in Censorship, Government Control, Internet Censorship

Human Rights: Russian Laws Keep Gay Life Behind Closed Doors

  MOSCOW — Saint Petersburg has long been seen as Russia’s most liberal city.  But now it may be leading a national movement to ban public displays of gay life across Russia. When gay rights activists recently released a rainbow

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Posted in Censorship, Government Control, Human Rights, LGBT

Internet Opens Russia for Democracy Movement

Russia’s protest movement grew and got organized with speed that startled many in the political establishment. Russia’s uncensored Internet allows people to communicate, coordinate and raise money for rallies, all through their computers. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is running for

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Posted in Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

This Week in Internet Censorship: Updates from Russia, Venezuela, Thailand and South Korea

By Maira Sutton Re-Published from EFF under the Creative Commons License. Russia On Thursday, prominent blogger and a leader of recent anti-corruption protests, Alexei Navalny was imprisoned for 15 days on charges of resisting the police. Navalny was one of

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Posted in Free Speech, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Russia: Cyber Security Code of Conduct?

Written by Alexey Sidorenko The year of 2011 has turned out to be a hot season for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA): the government is attempting to spread the system of Internet controls abroad – and the Russian

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Yet Another LiveJournal Outage Causes Concern for Russian Blogging Community

Written By: Jackie Kerr Last week, the Russian language segment of the popular blogging platform LiveJournal experienced a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that brought down service for much of the week. This was the third such attack

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Mar 8, 1917: February Revolution Begins

In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) begins when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd. One week later, centuries of czarist rule in Russia ended with

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Feb 21, 1994: Double Agent Aldrich Ames is Arrested

CIA operative Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to the Soviet Union. Ames had access to the names and identities of all U.S. spies in Russia, and by becoming a double agent he was directly responsible for jeopardizing the

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Art Blooms in Russia Against Gray Political Backdrop

Source: VOA Russia’s authoritarian politics may be gray and conservative. But Russia modern art scene is colorful and eccentric.   A Lenin head is offered up on a dinner table. A pig-like policeman swills a bottle of vodka. And a

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