It comes as no surprise that repressive countries like Russia, China, and Turkey are doing everything in their control to restrict online connectivity to a handful of government-sanctioned websites. Experts routinely cite many reasons for censorship, including a fear that government authority will be challenged by outside forces, fear that people will start thinking differently, or fear that external influences will influence domestic affairs. We will now examine Internet censorship in Russia, China, and Turkey.
Updated March 6, 2019
Russia is one of the countries where access to the internet is severely restricted. The lack of freedom has continued to deteriorate over the years with increased limits on content. VPNs are the recommended tool to restore internet freedom.
Torrenting is a highly popular means of sharing files, and it’s this popularity that maintains the strong service which it has become. By using peer-to-peer technology, it doesn’t operate on single-source downloading, instead, the files are pulled from dozens of locations. So as torrenting communities continue to upload and download content, connections improve, and more content becomes available.
Less than six months from now all Russian citizens who are using a messaging app will be required to reveal their real identity in order to be granted access to their app. Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister in early November 2018 signed a decree that only deepened the ongoing problem this country has with online freedom.
For many years now, Russia has been one of the countries that censor the free flow of information on the Internet. Virtual Private Networks have been the solution to the problem up until this point. However, more recently, the Russian government started a war on VPN providers by blocking a large portion of them. Nevertheless, there are some good providers left on the market that can bypass even Russia’s governmental restrictions and Internet censorship.
But now, a different problem emerges.