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Putin bans VPN use in Russia - ZDNet

This device is unable to play the requested video. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law prohibiting the use of technology that provides access to websites banned in the country. The law signed on Sunday is already approved by the Duma, the ...and more »

How Some of China's Plush Hotels Are Getting Around the 'Great Firewall' - Fortune

In China, the plush international hotel lobby has been one of the few places to find gaps in the “Great Firewall,” a sophisticated system that denies online users access to blocked content such as foreign news portals and social media platforms like ...and more »

Russia VPN ban: What tech pros and business travelers need to know - TechRepublic

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Sunday forbidding the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and anonymizers in the country, according to a Reuters report. The law has already been approved by the Duma, Russia's lower house of ...and more »

VPNs are a vital defence against censorship - but they're under attack - Amnesty International

You have probably heard of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), right? They're those things you use to stream movies online in other countries that are annoyingly blocked in yours. If VPNs were banned, how would you watch the latest robot apocalypse ...and more »

Putin bans VPNs to stop Russians accessing prohibited websites - Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that prohibits technology that provides access to websites banned in Russia, the government's website showed on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news ...and more »

Joining Apple, Amazon's China Cloud Service Bows to Censors - New York Times

SHANGHAI — Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country's tough restrictions on online content. A Chinese company that operates Amazon's ...and more »

Apple's Ethics Dilemma in China - Pacific Standard

Top digital rights advocates are keeping tabs on Apple's next moves in China, where the American technology giant appears to have removed censorship-circumvention software from its App Store. Advocates argue that this amounts to a crackdown on ...and more »

Amazon China partner tells users to stop using illegal VPNs - Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese partner of global e-commerce firm Amazon.com Inc has told customers to stop using illegal virtual private networks (VPNs), which can circumvent internet censorship. FILE PHOTO: A computer network cable is seen ...and more »

Putin Signs Controversial Law Tightening Internet Restrictions - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed controversial legislation prohibiting the use of Internet proxy services -- including virtual private networks, or VPNs -- and cracking down on the anonymous use of instant messaging services. The law on ...and more »

Russian Laws Will Ban VPNs And Force Chat Users To Register, Giving Censors An Edge - Forbes

By year's end, Russian web users will no longer have access to certain portions of the web via virtual or proxy networks, nor be able to use chatting apps incognito. President Vladimir Putin has signed into law two "controversial" pieces of legislation ...and more »