EPIC, Coalition Condemn Russia Ban on Encrypted Messaging App

EPIC joined dozens of human rights organizations condemning Russia's attempt to block encrypted messaging app Telegram. In an open letter, the coalition states Russia's attempts to block the app have "resulted in extensive violations of freedom of expression and access to information, including mass collateral website blocking." The groups call on international organizations and governments to challenge Russia's actions, and on tech companies to resist government attempts to compromise fundamental rights. EPIC has historically campaigned in support of strong encryption. In April 1994, EPIC initiated the campaign to stop the Clipper Chip, a key escrow encryption scheme developed by the NSA.

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