"Because the Wikimedia Foundation uses HTTPS-encrypted connections for all of its sites," reports Parker Higgins, "the government was left with only the option of ordering the entire site blocked, or leaving the offending page accessible."
Given the option, the censors backed down, allowing Russians to freely access the online encyclopedia, for now.
A Russian court had ordered the block to prevent locals viewing an article about charas, a form of hashish, that somehow vexed officials.
But the encryption system made it impractical to pick and choose which articles to block.
This isn't the first time censorship efforts have been dialed back in the face of HTTPS leading to governments conspicuously overblocking. The government of China briefly suspended access to Github over a handful of software repositories, but relented in the face of public pushback. Similarly, the government of Iran has only occasionally blocked Google services, despite its now-discontinued Reader serving as a proxy for unfiltered news from the open web.
The case for news sites to adopt this kind of encryption, then, is obvious. Unfortunately, for a handful of reasons, the major outlets have been slow to do so. Independent publications like Techdirt and The Intercept were early adopters; The Washington Post became the first major general news organization to do so earlier this summer.
Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin. “Make it happen,” Trump said of the Putin meeting.
Four words in a tiny font at the top of a page in Mueller’s recent court filing reveal that Manafort kept at it with Kilimnik even *after* Manafort was charged with multiple felonies.
[PHOTO: Psy Group’s headquarters in Israel, via] Former Donald Trump presidential campaign aide Rick Gates is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, and has provided info on a firm in the Middle East that is reported to have worked with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
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