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Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Developing New Models for Censorship: The cases of the Russian RuNet, the Great Firewall of China, and Iran’s Filternet

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Three countries have notorious censorship systems that have become aptly named: the RuNet, the Great Firewall, and Filternet. Russia, China and Iran have three very different governments, systems of language, and culture, yet they are exemplary countries in create their very own unique internet cultures because of the technological and legal hurdles they have placed on their users from accessing a secure and open internet. These hurdles effect the everyday lives of their countrymen, the shape and ability for dissent, as well as the respective economies of each of these countries. While these controls have taken shape, these internet cultures have strategically remained porous. With some more effort, Iranians, Russians, and Chinese can all find ways to access -however, these regimes have kept accessibility strategically at bay to never fully threaten the power structures of these authoritarian governments. Experts working on each of these countries will discuss alongside individuals representing various companies who have a strategic presence, and opportunity to improve the situation of access to the Internet. These private companies include Telegram (Iran and Russia); Facebook (Instagram in Iran, Facebook policy in China); Google (policy on China), as well as telecoms and their roles (Vodafone and MTN in Iran).

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Sarah Clarke

Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE 19
ARTICLE 19 supports independent media, civil society and activists across the region to exercise and defend the right to freedom of expression and access to information. We challenge restrictive legislation, as well as attacks and imprisonment of individuals that violate freedom of... Read More →


Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
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