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Cutting Russia off from the internet would be deeply problematic

Online access is increasingly being recognized as a human right

| Russia & Caucasus
A journalist sees a screen of his smartphone in Pokrov, Russia, on March 22: Overly broad restrictions on the access to the internet would further isolate the embattled pro-democracy and anti-war activists.   © Reuters

David J. Farber is distinguished professor and co-director of the Cyber Civilization Research Center at Keio University in Tokyo. Dan Gillmor, professor of practice at Arizona State University, is a senior fellow at Keio's Cyber Civilization Research Center.

Something remarkable happened earlier this month in the global push to punish Russia for its unjustified, immoral and deadly attack on Ukraine. The United States government said "no" to the well-meaning campaign to cut Russia off from the global internet.

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