Countries around the world continue to wage their not so subtle war on the use of virtual private networks VPNs and encryption. In Russia, the government has all but banned the use of VPNs by layering all manner of obnoxious restrictions and caveats on VPN operators. The goal, as we've seen in China and countless other countries, is to ban VPN use without making it explicitly clear you're banning VPN use. The deeper goal is always the same: less privacy and online freedom for users who use such tools to dodge surveillance or other, even dumber government policies. President Yoweri Museveni pushed for the changes to combat what he calls "gossip," and now users have to pay the shilling fee each day just to access websites and services like Facebook, Whatsapp, and Twitter.