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March 11, 2019

IN THE NEWS: THOUSANDS PROTEST NEW RUSSIAN INTERNET LAWS

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people in Moscow have taken to the streets to protest legislation that they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship. The rally, sanctioned by the government, is in response to a proposed bill that would route all internet traffic through Russian servers. That would make virtual private networks — or VPNs — ineffective. The measure would also create a government agency that to oversee internet traffic control and routing. Critics say the bill would create an online firewall similar to the one currently in place in China.

IN THE NEWS: HUAWEI VS. U.S.

BEIJING (AP) — There’s a new battleground in the running battle between the Chinese technology giant Huawei and the U.S. government. This time, it’s a courtroom. In the latest twist in the scrap between the two, Huawei has asked a court in Texas to strike down a law that bars the government’s use of Huawei’s technology — and prevents its dealing with any contractor that does. Washington has claimed the telecom equipment maker is a security risk. And the U.S. has been trying to nudge European and other allies toward shunning Huawei and its gear.

ON THE WEB: AIRLINE CRASH AFTERMATH

CYBERSPACE (AP) — China’s civilian aviation authority has ordered all Chinese airlines to temporarily ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. The order comes today, a day after one of the jets crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people aboard. It’s the second in the Boeing series to crash in recent months. Another fell into the ocean off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing all aboard. Boeing tweets that it was “deeply saddened” by the Ethiopia crash — and is sending a technical team to the crash site to help investigators.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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