The governments of China and Russia are also bullying the digital world
Threats of governments even in the digital world.
Governments – including democracies – range from blocking websites to forcing companies to share user data. resorting to "authoritarian" forces. Members of the Thomson Reuters Foundation's annual trust conference said governments such as China and Russia are blocking social media content, which requires companies to submit documents related to data surveillance. He says that journalists and activists are being silenced online. "The digital world is rapidly moving towards becoming an authoritarian place," said Alina Polyakova, head of the US-based think tank Center for European Policy Analysis.
Javier Palero, policy director at rights group Access Now, said threats are also coming from the Western world. "A lot of democratic governments are now acting like authoritarian regimes. It's not just Russia and China," he said, citing facial recognition technology by police in the US and police surveillance in Argentina.
Xu Lan, dean of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in China, said much of China's Internet and data law is about protecting the privacy of the country's nearly one billion Internet users and protecting national security. He adds, “The reality is much more complex and less dramatic than it is often portrayed. Governments need to manage digital infrastructure, such as the Internet, to manage the costs and risks associated with its use.”
Governments want to keep everything under control. Palero cited access to private communications to law enforcement agencies, saying, "Concentration of power can enable breaches such as surveillance, but some governments use companies as proxies to prevent this." Weapons can also be created," said panelists. The solution to protecting online spaces and users is to redistribute power in the hands of the people but as groups rather than as individuals.
Researchers say the community Internet or decentralized networks where communication services are localized rather than monopolized, gives users more control over their data and privacy by governments or corporate giants.