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"I voted in favour of this report. The world goes digital and the EU also needs to face challenges related to this. New ideas reach millions in seconds and revolutions are generated online. The digital world provides a unique possibility to connect and have exchanges with anyone around the globe and fosters an incredible information flow. At the same time, authoritarian regimes attempt to control and restrict digital space in order to prevent their citizens from being informed and having contacts with the outer world. The EU has to step up its efforts in opposing in principle the introduction of politically motivated restrictions in digital space. It is our duty to actively support human rights activists and defenders of digital freedoms, insisting that authoritarian states stop such practices. Russia, for example, has recently adopted legislation which authorises the state to ban certain websites. Ironically, Google and YouTube, two most popular websites in the world, have been put on the banned list. What has the EU done in this regard? How can we proceed with trade negotiations if, in reality, Russia defiantly legalises its violations of human rights? This applies also to Russia’s WTO commitments, as banning certain websites would negatively affect online business-making."@et1

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