How do events on the ground impact information controls online? The Internet has facilitated citizens’ communications, allowing them to organize and mobilize for political or social causes. Governments, on the other hand, have used technologies to spy on its citizens and censor information with the aim of stifling dissent. Major sporting events—like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup—have also been used to introduce security measures and justify surveillance capabilities that often have a lasting legacy in the countries or regions where this happens.
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