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Putin Signs ‘Sovereign Internet’ Law, Expands Government Control

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law on Wednesday that paves the way for Russia to isolate its Internet from the rest of the world. The so-called “sovereign Internet” law is billed as a means of making the Russian Internet more “independent,” but independence will be in short supply as Putin’s authoritarian government tightens its grip on cyberspace.

A man looks at a computer monitor displaying the main page of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's election campaign website, Moscow, on January 12, 2012. In his manifesto for March 2012 presidential elections Putin vowed today to end repressive police behaviour in Russia but also warned that Moscow would retaliate …

China Declares Victory in Internet Regulation Debate

China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday defended a massive crackdown on social media users and triumphantly claimed the world is beginning to see things China’s way when it comes to speech controls on the Internet.

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Chinese Media: U.S. Causing Global Chaos and ‘Inevitable’ Violence

“The globe is becoming chaotic and worldwide analysts are looking for reasons. Most agree one of the reasons is in the U.S.,” China’s state-run Global Times declared on Thursday, citing left-wing assaults on female members of the Trump administration as evidence for this conclusion.

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Tanzania Charges Bloggers $930 Annual Fee in Free Speech Crackdown

Tanzania’s new suite of Internet regulations includes a $930 annual fee for anyone who runs a blog, coupled with extensive registration paperwork that includes a bizarre amount of financial information about the applicant, comparable to the business plan that would be submitted to secure a commercial loan from a bank.

TO GO WITH AFP BY HABIBOU BANGRE Clients surf the internet at an internet cafe on February 25, 2015 in Kinshasa. Sales are down and business is slow -- small entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo are bearing the brunt of an official clampdown on mobile Internet services and …

Thousands March for Internet Freedom in Moscow

A modest demonstration for Internet freedom was held in Moscow on Sunday, pushing back against a crackdown on free speech in advance of the next presidential election.

TOPSHOT - A protester with tape covering her mouth takes part in the March for Free Internet in central Moscow on July 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

China Passes ‘Cyber-Security’ Law Banning Speech Threatening ‘Socialist System’

On Monday, China’s Parliament passed a cyber-security law that has foreign businesses and human-rights activists nervous, as it will place even more restrictions on China’s already tightly controlled Internet when its practices are implemented next June. Many of these restrictions apply extra security measures against non-Chinese interests.

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Ted Cruz’s Approval Rate Rises After Trump Endorsement

A recent poll in Texas shows that 45 percent of likely voters say they have a “favorable” opinion of Senator Ted Cruz. Those numbers are up 10 percent after his speech at the GOP convention where he told Republicans to “vote your conscience.”

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Internet Takeover Update: China’s ‘Consensus Net’ Goes Offline

A few months ago, China’s mildly iconoclastic Consensus Media Group began worrying about Beijing’s authoritarian crackdown on “liberal voices in mainland publications.” Since that time, one of the group’s magazines has ceased publication, management has been reshuffled at another, and the popular “Consensus Net” website has suddenly gone dark.

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Meet the New Authoritarian Masters of the Internet

President Barack Obama’s drive to hand off control of Internet domains to a foreign multi-national operation will give some very unpleasant regimes equal say over the future of online speech and commerce.

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Pakistan Tries to Block 400,000 Websites, Fails

Pakistan launched one of its most ambitious censorship initiatives in memory at the beginning of 2016, with a Supreme Court order to “take remedial steps to quantify the nefarious phenomenon of obscenity and pornography that has an imminent role to corrupt and vitiate the youth of Pakistan.” It’s apparently not going well.

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Republicans, FCC Commissioners Push To Make Secret Net Neutrality Plan Public

ObamaCare for the Internet, also known as “Net Neutrality,” is getting shoved down our throats the same way ObamaCare was. The plan remains secret from the public, while those promoting it talk about a more “free and open Internet” without bothering to explain how further government regulation would lead to that outcome.

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