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One Theory on How the Russian Government Will Censor Citizens Online

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, July 17 2012

In a strongly-worded analysis for Open Democracy, Russian security expert and investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov explains that the Russian government, wanting to prevent the type of online political activism that fired the Arab Spring, wants to take control of Russia's social networks — and how a bill freshly passed in the Russian legislature, the Duma, fits in. Read More

Wikipedia Russia Strikes for 24 Hours in Protest of Proposed Legislation to Create Internet Blacklist

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, July 11 2012

The Russian Wikipedia went dark for 24 hours on Tuesday to protest proposed government legislation that opponents believe is a thinly disguised attempt to censor the Internet. Democracy activists and Internet freedom advocates say the legislation would give the government sweeping powers to censor the Internet. But the government denies harboring any intention to restrict Internet access, accusing its opponents of not having read the text of the proposed legislation, which they say is designed to protect children from predators and illegal content. Read More