Governments today all realize the importance of web. Though the way they handle their citizens on the web ranges from neglect to complete isolation of the country's network, to aggressively collecting all private data, there are also come very crude and expensive methods that some governments choose as supposedly cheaper alternative to hiring professional PR and technical people.
I didn't make much of it when I first heard from a person I know that the Serbian government started employing students to downvote and report stuff on the web a few weeks ago. Today, though, I notice a rather strange downvote pattern on the comments on one of the popular Serbian portals. Namely, all anti-government comments, without exception, had a huge number of down-votes. It's very very rare that downvotes outweigh upvotes (not unheard of), but this kind of consistency is very rare unless it's an anti-gay topic (Serbia is not gay-friendly as the vast majority of its population is Orthodox Christian), so I decided to go through the archives and see if this is a new phenomenon.