Global governments are secretly into a little-know mega trade deal that poses a threat to internet to intermet freedom and is a boon to corporate interests, a leading American Journal reported citing a just-leaked US proposal.
Iran is to expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to, the government said on Friday.
The Islamic Republic has some of the strictest controls on Internet access in the world, but its blocks on U.S.-based social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are routinely bypassed by tech-savvy Iranians using virtual private networks (VPNs).
Supporters of Russia's most prominent opposition leader are preparing to protest near the Kremlin despite government efforts to hamper their plans by Internet censorship.
Last week, prosecutors asked a court to sentence Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's chief foe, to 10 years in prison for allegedly defrauding a cosmetics company, charges he dismissed as ludicrous.