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International Rights Groups Implore Russia to ‘Unblock’ Telegram

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The 14.5 million blocked IP addresses are affecting Google and Amazon, among dozens of other websites and applications. 

In related news, Signal, the secure encryption app, has been exposed as hijacking Amazon IP addresses as a result.  Amazon threatens to suspend Signal’s AWS account over censorship circumvention.  In this case, Signal is clearly identified as “circumvention technology”, an app which allows users to bypass and hide communications from Russian intelligence services.  However, different observers have different opinions of Signal’s utility, Encryption App ‘Signal’ Fights Censorship With a Clever Workaround.  

We live in interesting times. 

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May 01 2018 – 10:05

More than two dozen international human rights and media freedom groups have urged Russia to stop its “relentless” campaign to block the messaging service Telegram.

Russia’s state regulator has blacklisted more than 14.5 million IP addresses that Telegram has relied on to remain accessible to its nearly 15 million subscribers in Russia. Ordinary users have experienced severe disruptions across an array of unrelated online services, including wire transfers, games and ticket purchases.

“We call on Russia to stop blocking Telegram and cease its relentless attacks on Internet freedom more broadly,” 26 rights, media and Internet freedom groups said in a statement published Monday on the British human rights organization ARTICLE 19’s website.

The groups cheered on tech companies that continue to “resist unfounded and extra-legal orders that violate their users’ rights,” and urged the UN, the United States and the European Union “to challenge Russia’s actions.”

The groups, which include Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, called on the repeal of Russia’s laws on local data storage, VPN ban and a ban on anonymous online messaging.

“Such attempts by the Russian authorities to control online communications and invade privacy go far beyond what can be considered necessary and proportionate to countering terrorism,” they said, invoking Russia’s justification for the Telegram ban.



2 thoughts on “International Rights Groups Implore Russia to ‘Unblock’ Telegram

  1. Thank you ReviewsDir, without your guidance, I couldn’t able to communicate via Telegram on my last trip to Russia.

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