A highly controversial move by Russian President Vladimir Putin will see Russian officials crack-down on virtual private networks (VPNs). VPNs allow users to appear as if they are in a different country and bypass censored websites from their home nation. Russia has previously censored websites that promoted demonstrations against the government which caused a major anti-government protest in the streets of Moscow, ironic.
Former NSA contractor and famous U.S. leaker, Edward Snowden, condemned the move by President Putin, “Banning the ‘unauthorized’ use of basic internet
security tools makes Russia both less safe and less free.” Russia is following in the footsteps of China who recently imposed censors on VPN providers. In a world that relies so heavily on the transfer of information, Russia is taking a step back into the past with a restriction on citizen’s internet usage.
Source: The Guardian