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A group of young men were recently stopped at a security checkpoint in Yangon, Myanmar, and asked to hand over their mobile phones. After being questioned about social media apps, one was fined for using a virtual private network.

The crackdown on VPNs, which anonymize a user's Internet Protocol address and help bypass firewalls, is the latest attack on digital rights in Myanmar — alongside internet shutdowns and growing surveillance — since a military coup on Feb. 1, 2021.

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