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Russia Ramps Up Internet Censorship

A single country-wide blacklist will block content deemed "harmful to children"

 

The Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has started adding sites hosting illegal information to a universal ‘blacklist’, to be taken offline without a court order.

 

In accordance with the law passed this summer, Russian Internet or ‘runet’ has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards websites that are hosting information about drugs, self-harm and child pornography.

 

Civil rights activists have been protesting against the changes, claiming they restrict freedom of speech and would lead to further Internet censorship.

 

Source: http://www.techweeke...ensorship-97937

 

And also related:

 

The Kremlin's New Internet Surveillance Plan Goes Live Today

 

On the surface, it’s all about protecting Russian kids from internet pedophiles. In reality, the Kremlin’s new “Single Register” of banned websites, which goes into effect today, will wind up blocking all kinds of online political speech. And, thanks to the spread of new internet-monitoring technologies, the Register could well become a tool for spying on millions of Russians.

 

Source: http://www.wired.com...a-surveillance/

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Their activities (Drugs, child porn) will just move to a darknet, where they are even harder to monitor.

 

Bad guys will always find a way, in the end it just punishes normal citizens.

Edited by Drolleke

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This is true, exsept america does this to, but less

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Their activities (Drugs, child porn) will just move to a darknet, where they are even harder to monitor.

 

Bad guys will always find a way, in the end it just punishes normal citizens.

I agree, but isn't the entire point that this is about monitoring people for other things, rather than to stop those things?

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Their activities (Drugs, child porn) will just move to a darknet, where they are even harder to monitor.

 

Bad guys will always find a way, in the end it just punishes normal citizens.

I agree, but isn't the entire point that this is about monitoring people for other things, rather than to stop those things?

While you might have a valid point, it should not come as a major surprise that a law is used in another way than intended. I find it somewhat hard to really have any specific emotions towards this, when most countries tend to have some form of surveillance through various laws, so I would not say "spying" is a proper word to use unless it turns out to be laws heavily intruding on someone's life after violating their right to privacy.

 

What is more troubling to me, to be rather frank, is the censorship portion of that news quote. :P

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This is true, exsept america does this to, but less

No it doesn't. The government doesn't block connections to illegal sites, they prosecute the owners. Megaupload, for example, wasn't "censored", it was shut down because of a court order.

 

In any case, censorship of the internet does more harm than good. And it's an extremely dangerous practice as far as civil liberties are concerned.

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No it doesn't. The government doesn't block connections to illegal sites, they prosecute the owners. Megaupload, for example, wasn't "censored", it was shut down because of a court order.

 

In any case, censorship of the internet does more harm than good. And it's an extremely dangerous practice as far as civil liberties are concerned.

 

Ahh, America. "We won't censor you. But we will sue you into oblivion and have you imprisoned!"

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Ahh, America. "We won't censor you. But we will sue you into oblivion and have you imprisoned!"

If you break the law, you go to jail...?

 

Megaupload hosted illegal content. It failed to police itself so the government stepped in to enforce copyright laws. This isn't censorship, it's protection of intellectual property.

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Ahh, America. "We won't censor you. But we will sue you into oblivion and have you imprisoned!"

If you break the law, you go to jail...?

 

Megaupload hosted illegal content. It failed to police itself so the government stepped in to enforce copyright laws. This isn't censorship, it's protection of intellectual property.

 

I agree.

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Their activities (Drugs, child porn) will just move to a darknet, where they are even harder to monitor.

 

Bad guys will always find a way, in the end it just punishes normal citizens.

I agree, but isn't the entire point that this is about monitoring people for other things, rather than to stop those things?

I dont think they are actually monitoring anything, just shutting down websites without a court order. Its Russia guys, im not surprised. I wouldnt be surprised if other countries followed this example tbh.

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