Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the US has increased funding of technology companies to help Russians get around internet censorship and access US state-funded media, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
The effort is focused on financing three companies that build Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which allow users to circumvent geographic internet restrictions. Between 2015 and 2021, the three firms — nthLink, Psiphon, and Lantern — received $4.8 million in funding from the US government.
Since February, the funding for the three VPN companies has increased by nearly half. The financing is done through the Open Technology Fund (OTF), a non-profit funded entirely by the US government that Washington uses to support protesters in other countries by giving them tools to avoid surveillance and get around internet censorship.
The OTF is overseen by the US Agency for Global Media, which runs US state-funded media, including Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. In March, Russia restricted access to VOA’s website for publishing what it called “unreliable information” about the war in Ukraine.
But through the VPNs funded by the US government, Russians are still able to access VOA and other US state-funded media outlets. The Reuters report said that VPN use in Russia has significantly increased since the war started and Russia added internet restrictions.
The report said that posters advertising nthLink and other US government-backed VPNs started appearing in Moscow once the war started. One poster contained a QR code that opened nthLink, which takes a user to a series of news headlines from US state-funded media.
The report reveals the latest example of the US stepping up efforts to influence people inside Russia since the war started. In May, the CIA published instructions in Russian on its social media accounts on how to access its site on the Dark Web to contact the agency. The idea is for the CIA to get in touch with Russians against the war in Ukraine.
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The Russians are smart, patriotic people.The can understand game plan of Zionist cabal even when they read or listen. Even in America I saw report that viewership of Zionist outfit CNN has dropped as much as 90%. But Americans have no escape.Right or wrong they have to cling on to Zionist MSMs for want of alternatives.But they have no credibility. Read for instance reading Yahoo news you will get the impression that Ukraine is winning inflicting massive casualties on Russians every day.I think US will increase the funding but the Zionists will siphon off the money
A few years hence you could be behind bars for uttering this. Zionists have completed the take over of what is called U S of A. It may not be even years, may be months
I hear you Thomas, I hear you… But… The Z-People can kiss my backside!
Russia Increases Funding to Help Americans , British,Canadians, Ukranians Access Russian State-Funded Media-
UN and Bellingcat are investigating and media is reporting the Russian interfernce in western civic life election, lawand order,and in the civic disobedience gripping the west.
Belllingcat, the MI5 outfit. Working with UN. Such are proliferating like mushrooms after rain.
They reel in the more savvy and better informed crowd. Their job iis to create maximum credibility in all fields of lesser strategic value — and place state directed propaganda where it matters the most. Other such outfits are Intercept, Responsible Statecraft, Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, to nname just
some better known.
We have plenty of access to Russian state media here. Because we don’t have Internet censorship, and we can’t be jailed for criticizing (or praising) the war in Ukraine. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-introduce-jail-terms-spreading-fake-information-about-army-2022-03-04/
This is a waste of money. Those controls prevent foreign interests from funding RUSSIAN mediia. And some media is banned from physical presence in Russia, just as US ordered RT studio in Washingtom closed. But once reestaished at different location, it is back on the air.
Russians already have access to Western media! In fact, it is the bias of Western media, the absence of truthful reporting that has turned Russian public opinion massively against Western media.
Talking of VPN solution — as if we are piercing an iron chrtain with our provess, is absurd. Whatever the objective of this tech solution is – it is not to have access to Western media by Russians.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is unreliable at the moment. Russian Ministry of Defense reports are likely to be more accurate. If the war were going differently, that might be reversed but that’s the case now.
Neither Radio Free Europe / Radio Free Liberty nor the Russian Ministry of Defense reports have ever been “reliable.” The function of both is to cast the regimes that fund them in the best light possible.
Remember Hillary’s mantra? Russians are interfering in our elections!
She, however, had no problem interfering in the elections of other countries, especially Ukraine.
Can you imagine the outrage that would be directed at Russia if they did exactly the same thing that we are doing?
Hopefully, the Russians are as intelligent as we are and will learn to access alternative media vs. MSM to garner the truth and protect their brain capacity.
As for the US and its methodology… Suck on it!
Another act of war by evil American politicians.
Keep poking the bear and someday the bear will take your head of and claw you to death!
Clean, clear and concise CT.
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