This reflection on the report “Benchmarking Public Demand for Internet Freedom: Russia’s Appetite for Internet Control,” argues that protecting internet freedom is not possible without a shift in public opinion. Using Russian examples, Asmolov suggests that public opinion concerning internet regulation is a function of whether the online communications environment is perceived as dangerous–giving officials a chance to play an instrumental role in fostering a sense of peril online and fomenting an “internet as threat” narrative in the minds of the public.
This report was produced as part of the Internet Policy Observatory project. To read more, click here.
Click here for the Russian version.
CGCS and the IPO would like to thank the SecDev Foundation for the translation of this report into Russian