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[BRIEFING] Internet Freedom in the OSCE Region: Trends And Challenges

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For seven straight years, internet freedom in Eurasia has been on the decline, with countries like Russia and Turkey among the worst offenders. Independent websites are frequently censored and bloggers and netizens are being jailed for promoting human rights or documenting abuse. Meanwhile, governments are employing manipulation and disinformation campaigns to control the online information landscape and silence opposing voices, weaponizing social media to preserve power.

On November 14, Freedom House will release the newest edition of its Freedom on the Netreport, an annual assessment of internet access, censorship, and user rights in 65 countries, encompassing 87 percent of all internet users.

Featuring the report’s main findings, this briefing will examine declining internet freedom globally and in the OSCE region, and its impact on broader democracy and human rights; growing cyberattacks against human rights defenders in Russia and the former Soviet sphere; and government use of social media to manipulate discussions and attack critics.