Russia Wants To Censor The Internet

from the notice-a-pattern? dept

Get the feeling that folks in Russia are a bit jealous of China's Great Firewall? Suddenly, we're seeing lots of proposals that seem to be designed to limit what folks can do online. Just recently we wrote about efforts to require WiFi users to register with the government, and now Russian prosecutors are trying to extend "anti-extremism" laws to the internet. The laws apparently forbid newspapers from publishing "extremist material," at the risk of being shut down completely. Prosecutors are hoping that an internet version of the law would require ISPs to block access to any sites that include "extremist" content. Of course, extremist content is defined rather broadly. It seems pretty clear that this is just an attempt to try to stifle speech the government doesn't like.

Filed Under: censorship, internet, russia


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    AlexE, 24 Apr 2008 @ 11:40am

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    I agree with Anonymous Coward. The story about Russia is going to make everyone register every Wi-Fi device is truly bs. You have or rather obtain a license for Wi-Fi hot spot that charges money for access. For all other cases you don't register anything. Mike please get all the facts right. Regarding extremism, Russia has definition for it in law books regarding it and I wouldn't mind if government will shutdown a few websites. In case someone will use the power for different purpose the Streisand effect will kick in. So far fair game to me.

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