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‘We’re in a cyber war’: AI vigilantes are watching Russians’ every click

System wades through millions of posts per day to fight crime, but rights groups fear surveillance goes much further

Umberto Bacchi

A woman posing in a thong outside a church; a single mother who berated Russian lawmakers and President Vladimir Putin; a saxophonist who criticised World War 2 commemorations.

They are among thousands of Russians who have faced court over their social media posts in the past year — a number digital rights groups say could soon turn into a deluge as authorities use artificial intelligence (AI) to police the web.

“We expect that all content posted on social media (in Russia) will be monitored by automated software,” said Sarkis Darbinyan, head of the legal department for digital rights group Roskomsvoboda...

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