Digital Rights Violations in Ukraine
Russian forces have dramatically undermined the digital rights of Ukrainians since the beginning of the invasion on February 24.
The overwhelming majority of violations have occurred in the occupied regions, where the aggressors have restricted access to the internet, introduced digital censorship measures, and taken control of the telecommunications infrastructure.
The initiatives have stifled Ukrainians’ ability to access potentially life saving information, prevented friends and families from communicating, and created conditions in which Russian propaganda can go unchallenged.
Digital rights and internet governance are often overlooked during times of war. However, the measures recorded here may contribute to a further deterioration of conditions and could even work to prolong the conflict.
We’ve searched through hundreds of local news reports, international media investigations and used a range of technical tools to quantify the extent of Russia’s digital rights violations in Ukraine. The full list of initiatives can be found on this public spreadsheet.
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Some measures, including Russia’s disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks, have been largely excluded from the report due to their diffused nature and near-constant use. However, reference to both has been made in relation to internet disruptions and digital censorship practices.
We will continue to monitor Russia’s digital rights violations in Ukraine and update this page on a regular basis.