By Joseph Menn
Governments all over the world are increasingly restricting internet freedoms as penetration spreads and activists turn to the still-evolving medium, according to a comprehensive analysis of practices in 37 nations.
Noting that the net remains Russia’s “last relatively uncensored platform for public debate”, the report said that as more citizens have gained access in the past two years, freedoms have been eroded. It cited blocking of opposition websites, 11 arrests of bloggers in 17 months, and evidence that officials are hiring web users to promote the dominant United Russia party.
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