Open communication finds itself under continual assault as it is increasingly within nations’ power to select the content their citizens can see. This blog reviews and comments on worldwide news related to Internet censorship.
While French President François Hollande recently declared war on “the tranquillity of anonymity that allows unspeakable things to be said” on the Internet, it looks like respecting the privacy of his citizens is the furthest thing from his mind.
In a controversial move by the Kremlin, Russia has followed in the footsteps of SOPA by hurriedly passing two new anti-piracy bills. Experts have been debating whether the new proposed laws - the first to be passed by Russian authorities in over eighteen years - are in fact a smokescreen for something more sinister.
The first bill is an extrajudicial blacklist for websites, meaning that any website containing content deemed to be 'unsuitable' or harmful can be shut down without the need for court judgment or investigation.