Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan have published a new piece in World Policy Journal.

The article looks at cyber surveillance in the Sochi area ahead of the upcoming Olympics, nationwide Internet filtering and the future of further localization of the Internet in Russia.

“In March 2013, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the U.S. State Department issued a warning for Americans wanting to come to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February: Beware of SORM. The System of Operative-Investigative Measures, or SORM, is Russia’s national system of lawful interception of all electronic utterances—an Orwellian network that jeopardizes privacy and the ability to use telecommunications to oppose the government.”

The article is part of a series of investigative pieces on Russia’s surveillance state by Agentura.Ru, Citizen Lab and Privacy International.

See here, here and here for the other articles in the joint investigation.