Putin signs “Internet sovereignty” bill that expands censorship


An intense man in a suit.

Enlarge / Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on April 27, 2019, in Beijing. (credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial “Internet sovereignty” bill that strengthens the government’s control over the Russian Internet.

Back in March, we reported on Putin signing two other bills that gave the Russian government the power to punish people for the online publication of fake news and insults to public officials. The latest bill focuses lower on the technology stack.

The New America Foundation published a detailed analysis of the bill back in February:

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