This Global Voices feature explores state-sanctioned actions in regards to Russian Internet, specifically the 1. increase of government activity online and interactions between citizens and government and the 2. decreased web interaction in cyberspace between inside and outside of Russia.

The feature puts particular emphasis on “Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights and Rule in Cyberspace.” The book was recently edited and published by Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski. Deibert and Rohozinski discuss the three generations of cyberspace control. The first is the traditional blocking of information, which is notoriously implemented by the Chinese government. The second generation is the periodical and strategic denial of information, for example, during time of national vulnerability. Finally, the third generation is the most complicated, and consists of “counterinformation campaigns that overwhelm, discredit, or demoralize opponents.”

From Global Voices