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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar junta plans restricted 'intranet' to silence opposition

Report urges global community to block military access to dual-use technology

A soldier uses a mobile phone inside a military vehicle in Yangon, Myanmar on Feb. 15.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Moves by Myanmar's military regime to establish a restricted, national intranet underscore the junta's dilemma over allowing online access to business while silencing anti-coup opposition. Recent efforts to "whitelist" individuals or entities as part of the plan follow the imposition of internet blackouts and highlight the spiraling parallel battle over online access, notes a report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.

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