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Has Cloudflare started filtering Russian traffic due to sanctions? [closed]

Today is 29 of march 2024. Some sites using Cloudflare as a security or DNS service became blocked. Can there be political reasons for this blocking? How do I find out the legal grounds for this or ...
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Has the UK government provided the "minimum standard of privacy and accuracy" that are required of a messaging service for ETEE to be banned?

The Guardian reports that the UK government will not require Ofcom to enforce the restrictions on End to End Encryption (ETEE) until two conditions are met: the government has said the regulator ...
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Has any government published a cost benefit analysis on KYC regulations in terms of frequency of data loss?

Most countries require people to provide a significant amount of personal data to providers of financial services before you are able to make use of them. This is know as Know Your Customer (KYC) ...
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Political countermeasures for "Web Environment Integrity"

It looks like Google is trying to enable the "Web Environment Integrity" API, which will allow web servers to determine if the browser has been tampered with, e.g., using an ad-blocker or ...
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How exactly could a TikTok ban be enforced?

Let's say TikTok is banned tomorrow by Congress. How would they be able to actually enforce the ban, assuming TikTok refused to cooperate? They could definitely convince Apple and Google to remove it ...
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How could SpaceX prevent military use of their satellites while preserving free speech absolutism?

According to Western media, citing Russian officials, Russia has somewhat transparently threatened to attack SpaceX satellites. September 19, 2022 A Russian representative named Konstantin Vorontsov ...
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What is the legal status of [A Declaration for the Future of the Internet]?

On the State.Gov website, the 3 page document called [A Declaration for the Future of the Internet] can be found, and a number of countries are listed at the bottom who supposedly are participating in ...
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"Make the net neutral again" Has the Biden administration successfully restored US internet neutrality? Safeguards in place to keep it that way?

Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (2017 to 2021) Ajit Pai had been outspoken against net neutrality since at least 2014 and once head of the FCC worked to undo it: Net ...
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Has there been a cost-benefit analysis of what would happen if the Russian Federation were to be disconnected from the Internet?

A number of the Russian industries have been cut off from being able to engage with the outside world as a result of sanctions imposed in response to Russian Federation's war of aggression against ...
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Any (legal or otherwise) reasons why the US did not expect to be targeted by foreign propaganda over Internet? [closed]

When the Internet came to be and brought people from different parts of the world together, two things were apparent. That people will be exposed to propaganda/opinions prevalent in other countries, ...
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Sanctions against Russia and Internet subscriptions [closed]

Sanctions against Russia become heavier by the day, and an answer to that question might not fit the situation in a few weeks. Please consider the situation as of today. Say a website located in the ...
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Has Google removed RT.com from web searches (in the EU)? [closed]

If I search (from an EU IP) seemingly for anything on Google with the site:rt.com restriction, I get no results, but funny pages like "476 results removed". Did Google announce removing RT ...
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Can Russia be cut off from the internet? [closed]

A great variety of sanctions have been discussed and implemented with more to follow. One sanction I have never heard being discussed, and that is cutting off Russia from the internet. Now I am aware ...
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Do export sanctions prevent web services or websites?

If the United States has economic sanctions against Russia, does this prevent American companies from serving websites to users in Russia? Will Google, Youtube, etc., have to be made inaccessible in ...
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Trump vs Section 230

I see that Trump is against Section 230. As I understand it, it relieves social media platforms from the liability associated with the content shared by 3rd parties, which I think should enable free ...
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censoring internet/social media content [closed]

I'm looking for academic views on the issue of internet censorship. The censorship I'm interested on is not at the level of what China does. It's just that, given as how social networking sites such ...
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What are the objectives of the TikTok ban?

Google collects temporal + location information of Android handsets by default and is only a subpoena away from US authorities. The current administration is concerned that China would be able to use ...
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What powers does POTUS currently have to ban a web service in the USA by presidential order?

It was reported on the 31st July 2020 that Donald Trump wants to ban TikTok in the USA. President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United ...
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What is Trump's social networks executive order about?

I've seen a titles which tell that it's a nightmare for those companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter). But they're pretty vague on it. What exactly does it do to them?
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What does the EARN IT act mean for messaging services without E2E encryption? [closed]

Many people have been discussing what the EARN IT act entails for services that offer E2E encryption, but almost nobody has mentioned or asked what this act would entail for the messaging services ...
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What are the implications of the EARN IT Act?

On the face of it, the EARN IT Act of 2020 appears to be a bill to protect against online exploitation of children by creating a National Commission for that purpose. However, the Electronic Frontier ...
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How are VPNs such a big industry in Iran despite internet censorship by the authoritarian government?

I have read about how VPNs are a big industry in Iran with the Iran Communication State mentioning it as a lucrative industry. However, the state is also big on internet censorship and it seems ...
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To what extent can a government control satellite internet compared to internet from a local ISP?

I've been thinking about Elon Musk's internet over satellite project. It requires a receiver to use this internet service and customers pay directly to his company for the service. This made me think,...
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How does Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shield companies from liability of bias?

Section 230(c)(1): No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. There ...
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What reasoning did the South Korean government provide for blocking HTTPS?

Continuing from my previous question Why are South Korean content laws so strict?, a very intense case of excess internet censorship had recently occurred in South Korea. Now, the government plans on ...
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Will Britain be exempt from Article 13 if Brexit passes?

As stated in the title, will Brexit be able to prevent Britain from being affected by Article 13? This question comes in light of Article 13 recently passing. For the purposes of this question, I am ...
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Why was Google grilled by congress for prototyping a censored search engine?

Sudar Pichai was summoned and grilled by Congress regarding numerous topics: among them was the Dragonfly censored search engine for China. What exactly is the problem with Google creating a state ...
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Chinese government internet censorship - statistics on evasion?

This may belong better somewhere else but I see this as relevant. China extensively censors what its internet users can see. However, users can circumvent this by using a VPN. Are there any ...
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Why is the European Parliament still pursuing copyright law despite its implementation issues?

According to this article, the European Parliament is considering rolling out taxation of news aggregators: (..) large European newspaper publishers have dreamed of charging news aggregators such ...
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Is it possible that the US raises fees for using US based internet services – like Stack Exchange or Google – for people not living in the US?

In the current discussion about fees and taxes for import and export of goods to and from the US I have a question about internet services (as kind of virtual goods): Is it possible that the US ...
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Will the repeal of Net Neutrality block me from accessing any websites? [closed]

Will the repeal of Net Neutrality block me from accessing ANY LEGAL website? These websites are small but VERY popular, and some contain adult content.
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Do countries other than the US operate "intranets" like the SIPRnet or JWICS? [closed]

...and what are they called? SIPRNet is an intranet system operated by the US government for the passage of information classified as SECRET or lower. JWICS is an intranet system operated by the US ...
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What communications of Julian Assange made Ecuador cut off his Internet access?

It was reported today that Ecuador’s government is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s communications outside the nation’s London embassy. Officials announced Wednesday they were taking ...
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Why must Title II be applied universally federally?

The argument for Net Neutrality (well, one of them) is that: Many people don't have an option of choice between >1 broadband ISP in their area For those people who live in broadband monopoly area, ...
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Do "X% of people in US live in cable monopoly area" estimates include any other broadband ISP technologies? [closed]

In the context of Net Neutrality debate, one often hears claims that "X% of people live in the area with only one cable internet provider" (last one I heard was a podcast so don't recall exact # they ...
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What would it take to shut down NK’s internet? [closed]

According to the South Korean govt, North Korea makes quite a bit of money of crypto mining and hacking. If we could shut off there internet, we could make this income a lot harder to get and access, ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal? Specifically, how will consumers' internet access be protected without government regulation?
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What are the main arguments against net neutrality?

With the upcoming FCC vote to abolish net neutrality provisions in the United States, I have read a tremendous amount about why net neutrality is a good thing and should be kept. What I haven't seen ...
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Are there any political parties floating the idea of nationalization of telecommunications monopolies?

What I mean by nationalization - Government aquires the physical infrastructure through eminent domain (especially the last mile, which is where these monopolies form), and either rents access back to ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

The typical argument, seen here, goes like this: Without net neutrality, cable companies could censor websites, favoring their own business partners. Typically, proponents of legislation point to ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to change laws applied to wireless hot spots?

According to this article (2014) wireless networks in Germany were way less than in other European countries. Compared to many other countries, Germany is little more than a patchwork when it ...
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How large of an effect did the internet regulation proposed by the conservative manifesto have on the election?

To the tech-savvy world, the part of the manifesto that dealt with internet regulation was... laughably insane and likely impossible to implement. But what effect did it have on the election results?...
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How would even more internet regulation hinder terrorism?

In light of the London Attacks, Theresa May blames the internet: “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed – yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that ...
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How can we protect net neutrality?

It looks like Wheeler will probably be stepping down from the FCC. How as a concerned citizen can we stop the large broadband companies from putting data caps and tiers on our internet service. We as ...
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What's the definition of "fake news" in the context of facebook? [closed]

Facebook is being asked by some people to do something about fake news. Does the term "fake news" refer to hit and run operations that try to get traffic for a particular article, or does it also ...
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Authoritarian regimes creatively dispensing information [closed]

At university we had a lengthy debate, about whether internet was a liberation technology, or a "stabilisation" technology for authoritarian regimes. This made me think about different scenaria. I had ...
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Are Internet Companies (Google, twitter, Facebook , ...) affected by sanctions against Iran?

I'm an Iranian and I've been confronted with sites now and then where I can't get my number registered or I won't be allowed to even view the page where my IP address is detected to be from Iran and ...
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Can Title II reclassification of broadband be used to require ISPs to let competitors use their infrastructure?

The FCC just voted to reclassify broadband under Title II of the communications act. Could this be used by a new ISP (like Google) to make use of existing ISPs cable infrastructure (e.g. Comcast's ...
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Why is there so much fuss about an internet "fast lane" for a privileged few? [closed]

Preferred access for those who can afford it is most of the time the rule and not the exception. Some examples are, if you pay more then you can get: First class flights Better medical treatment ...
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Would the Clayton Antitrust Act prevent the proposed "Fast Lane" of the internet problem with net neutrality?

Many people are going on about how the merger of Comcast and Time Warner will enable them to create a lane for the internet where wealthier individuals or companies can pay more for a 'faster lane.' ...
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