Sunday, April 13, 2014

Iron Firewall Descends on Ukraine

Ukraine, a nation of 45 million people, has for some time been the second greatest source of Internet traffic to this site; ahead of China, population 1.4 billion; ahead of Germany, Israel, France, Russia, Sweden, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands. Russia has a population three times that of Ukraine, yet Russia's traffic to has been only 20% that of Ukraine's. So Ukrainians visit here at a per capita rate 15 times greater than that of Russians.
In the past week, that traffic has gone dark. The daily hit count from Ukraine has dwindled to zero.
It is a safe bet that whatever authority controls Ukrainians' access to the World Wide Web has seen fit to filter out access to 'subversive' sites that might 'confuse' the people, i.e. expose them to philosophies contrary to Putin's Mother Russia.

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