Russians Rally Against Internet Restrictions
Chanting slogans like “Hands off the internet” and “No to isolation,” thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Moscow yesterday to decry a new bill they believe will tighten state control over the web. Supporters say the measure would create a “sovereign internet” free from foreign cyberthreats, but activists claim it’s part of an ongoing crackdown on opposition politics.
Is the internet politicized in Russia? Sites like YouTube — visited by 82 percent of 18- to 44-year-old Russians — have become an increasingly important rallying point for opposition activists, especially while traditional media tends to toe the state line.