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A Safe Internet

Too many autocrats out there intent on clamping down on Internet communication to even list here, and we devoted an entire chapter to the nuances of using the Internet to monitor and control your people – every dictator's dream, made reality.

But as usual, Russia brings it to a whole new level.

That new level is doing all of the above while simultaneously making it look like the people are asking for it. Call it Russia's League for a Safe Internet, a grass-roots NGO intent on making sure the Russian internet remains free of pornography and offensive material. Sound good? Well, it would be if it weren't a structure set up by the Russian Telcos themselves, established not long after the Arab Spring.

Hmm, that makes it sound like infrastructure lined up to ensure rowdy opinions remain unpublished if times call for it. Way to go Russia: always thinking ahead.

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