Kremlin vs bloggers
Angel Boligan, «El Universal»
Com muitos dos meios de comunicação controlados por oligarcas aliados do governo do Kremlin, os russos viraram-se para os bloggers para se manterem informados e dar voz às suas queixas e preocupações. Como consequência o poder russo tenta agora impor limites rígidos à liberdade online, como escreve a Der Spigel:
[…] The FSB, Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, wants to force Internet service providers to remove undesirable websites. A law also requires these providers to install hardware at their own expense that allows the FSB — with a judge’s authorization — to keep track of the websites people visit and the e-mails they write.
Some service providers have even started proactively censoring users themselves. Companies such as Scartel, for example, block portals belonging to Kremlin critics, including former world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
In this battle over the Internet, there are two camps. The issue is about the future course Russia will take and about how much freedom it will allow its 142 million citizens. Some believe Russia should take its cue from the liberal West. But others think it should follow more in the footsteps of authoritarian regimes like China, which is trying as hard as it can to control the Internet — and, with it, its citizens. […]