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Myanmar Internet a digital battlefield: report

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Myanmar’s army rulers are searching for to restrict entry to the Internet to an inner community of solely “whitelisted” websites to quash opposition to their seizure of energy, in keeping with a report by the International Crisis Group.

It likened the Internet to a “virtual battlefield” the place the army is struggling to realize an edge as a result of it lacks technological capability, whereas social media firms resembling Facebook have banned army officers and lots of authorities businesses.

The report launched on Tuesday famous a narrowing of the leeway for on-line dissent and abuses of social media to unfold hatred towards minority Muslim folks in western Myanmar’s Rakhine beneath Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected authorities, which was ousted in a February 1 coup. Since then, authorities have imposed nightly Internet outages and sought to restrict entry to social media platforms.

International telecoms firms resembling Norway’s Telenor and different companies have protested the strikes, which they are saying are crippling enterprise exercise.

Many tech-savvy younger individuals are concerned within the civil disobedience motion in opposition to the coup and the army lacks the kind of capabilities that China has developed over the previous a number of many years, enabling it to police the Internet and ban entry to sure websites, the International Crisis Group report stated. So as a substitute the army, also referred to as the Tatmadaw, is creating an “intranet” for contained in the nation that permits cellular entry solely to accredited, or “whitelisted” functions.

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