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Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

Dear European Commission: Don't let political parties use our data to manipulate the vote

Rather than protecting individuals’ rights, exceptions to the GDPR in some countries are limiting freedom of expression, eroding privacy, and abetting the spread of disinformation.

Netizen Report: Widespread throttling puts social media out of reach in Kazakhstan

Social media is faltering in Venezuela, throttled in Kazakhstan and back in action in Sri Lanka.

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

With elections just days away, Ukraine faces disinformation, cyber attacks and further Russian interference

Ukraine may be home to “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda.” How will this affect the presidential election?

Netizen Report: EU activists make a final push to keep the internet filter-free

The EU makes a final decision on copyright rules, Iraq considers a new cybercrime law, and internet activists in Kazakhstan, Egypt and Venezuela face legal threats.

Activists speak out against Iraq's cybercrime bill

The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.

Censored on WeChat: the disappearance of Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC China Energy

With Ye's disappearance, the details of quiet agreements between his multi-billion dollar company and the Chinese government began to unravel.

One year without internet in Chad: Citizens have been offline since March 2018

It appears that the government is attempting to muzzle citizens' freedom of expression and to prevent the free circulation of information.

Netizen Report: Activists reject EU plans to pre-censor copyright violations, ‘terrorist’ content

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‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, thousands protest proposed EU regulation on internet upload filters

Protesters rallied against the proposed "upload filters" in EU Copyright Directive, as part of a movement spanning the continent.

Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’

The censorship of ZTE and Huawei has strong association with the censorship of "China-U.S trade war".

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

Both pro-Kremlin experts and their opponents see the USCYBERCOM's attack on the "troll factory" as ammunition for isolationist policies.

As Putin preaches ‘sovereignty’ and tech modernization, experts lament loss of online freedoms

As Vladimir Putin promises Russians a faster, more reliable internet, two reports by independent expert groups paint an unrelentingly bleak picture of more crackdowns on online freedom of speech.

Uganda's social media tax is leaving people disconnected — and failing to meet revenue targets

Prior to the tax's implementation, 47.4% of people in Uganda were using the internet. Three months later, that number had fallen to 35%.

Russian ‘anti-fake news’ bill rushed through parliament despite vocal opposition

Both the "anti-fake news" bill and its twin initiative against offending the authorities use Germany and other Western countries' laws as inspiration.

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

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