Putin: The Internet Is a ‘CIA Project’; Pursues More Russian Government Control

Putin: The Internet Is a ‘CIA Project’; Pursues More Russian Government Control

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Amy Payne

Heritage

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is already at the forefront of Internet censorship, cracking down on blogger freedom. Russia’s upper house of parliament just approved a new law that will expand government control over websites.

This comes as no surprise following Russia’s comments at last week’s international Internet conference. If the Obama administration was unsure what would happen when it suggested removing the Internet from U.S. oversight, the global conference provided some hints.

Representatives from 80 countries met to discuss the future of the Internet—and each nation seemed eager to stake its own claim. Russia was no exception.

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