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Freedom House Says Online Repression Increasing, Diversifying

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Attacks on Internet freedom are on the rise, and the tools employed by repressive governments are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

That's according to "Freedom On The Net 2012," a newly released report by U.S.-based rights watchdog Freedom House, that assesses 47 countries' online track records between January 2011 and May 2012.

Sanja Kelly, the report's director, says more "traditional" methods employed by repressive governments, such as filtering and blocking of undesirable content or imprisonment of prominent online figures, are being supplemented with more nuanced means.

"Threats to Internet freedom are becoming more diverse and are becoming much murkier than in the past," Kelly said.

"What we've seen over the last year and a half is that more and more governments are turning to tactics such as proactive manipulation of online content and extralegal surveillance to more covertly manipulate and influence internet content."

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