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Governments Control the Internet

"It turns out that the enemies of free expression are adept at the Internet, too." The Wall Street Journal reports on totalitarian regimes that restrict cyber-freedom.

“Apparently, even the notoriously isolated rulers of North Korea know how to practice what the U.S. State Department calls ’21st-century statecraft.’ While authoritarian governments continue to censor the Web and crack down on bloggers…they are also increasingly using the Internet for their own propaganda. Officials are pouring resources into social media and hitting the blogs to disseminate pro-government views and undermine their critics. And they’re succeeding: The decentralized nature of online conversations often makes it easier to manipulate public opinion, both domestically and globally.”

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