Russia's New Battle: The Internet
December 15, 2012
A law that began with the noblest of intentions—to make the Internet a safe place for kids—has the potential to curb free speech in Russia. In July, Vladimir Putin signed the amended Act for Information, which took effect in October, giving the Russian government free rein to blacklist and shut down websites it deems harmful, without any due process.
What are the limits of this law? How is “harmful to children” defined? Critics are raising these questions, seeing the law as a move by Putin to exercise greater control over the population.
Unlock the rest of this story for free! Just register below to get instant access to premium articles.
To Continue Reading…
Create an Account:
Register now to get instant access to the rest of this article, plus four more!
Existing Users Log In:
Want unlimited instant access?Subscribe Now