Russia

ONI Blog: Temporary block on LiveJournal in Russia exemplifies overblocking
A regional Russian Internet service provider temporarily blocked the entire Russian LiveJournal site in response to a court order to block one blog on the platform. The incident illustrates the probability of overblocking, especially when targeting an IP address. ...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 20, 2012
A controversial Russian piece of legislation that would give the government broad powers over the Internet was passed by the upper house of parliament. Opponents of this law fear that it could lead to an increase in online censorship. ...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 13, 2012
The Russian Duma, the lower house of Parliament, unanimously passed a controversial Internet bill after four amendments were inserted. While these amendments were inserted to substantially narrow the criteria under which the government could shut down a site deemed...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 22, 2012
On Monday, Google released its bi-annual transparency report, documenting a drastic increase of takedown notices from around the globe. Highlights include a 49% increase in content censorship in India and a huge spike in requests from democratic regimes. The International...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: April 27, 2012
ONI releases its annual "Year in Review" report, which details all the most significant cases of Internet censorship and surveillance around the world. Among the most high-profile controversies were the SOPA/PIPA debates in the US Congress and European software firms' cooperation...
ONI Blog: Dmitry Medvedev Calls Internet Censorship "Senseless"
President Dmitry Medvedev posted a video on the official Kremlin website in which he supported an open Internet. Calling censorship "impossible" and "senseless," Medvedev called for more social network usage for the purpose of making government authorities more transparent...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: March 2, 2012
Chinese users circumvent the Great Firewall to flood President Obama's Google+ campaign page with comment. Messages left included tongue-in-cheek references to the Occupy Wall Street movement, requests for green cards, and criticism of China's heavy-handed censorship practices. The Committee to Protect Journalists...
ONI Blog: Russia Turns to Internet Before Elections Despite Fears of Media Crackdown
As the countdown to Russia's national elections this weekend keeps ticking, more Russians are taking to the Internet to stay informed about the election activities as well as to criticize current prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin and the government...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: February 10, 2012
The Russian government blocks the Andrey Rylkov Foundation's website for publishing information about methadone, which can combat opiate addiction (and, relatedly, help stop the spread of HIV through the use of infected needles). The drug is banned in Russia. Google and Facebook...
ONI Blog: Russian Government Shuts Down Public Health Website
Yesterday, Human Rights Watch reported that the Russian government deliberately shut down the website of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice. The website discussed the drug methadone, which is known to be effective in combatting opiate addiction...