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National Endowment for Democracy LogoDemocracy Digest from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): We call it promoting freedom of expression and the right to information, but authoritarian regimes consider it “ideological warfare.” Seriously.

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War of ideas? (for them it is)

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Each year since 1998, Russia has introduced a resolution at the United Nations calling for an international agreement to combat what it calls “information terrorism.” Russian leaders worry that the Internet makes it so easy for people to communicate that a government could use the Internet to challenge another country’s political system. Some Russian diplomats have actually revived an old Soviet term — “ideological aggression” — to describe what governments could do to each other via the Internet.

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