Six months of the absurd: what the authorities have achieved with their website 'blacklist'

posted 29 Apr 2013, 01:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Apr 2013, 01:53 ]

24 April 2013 

By Pavel Chikov, chair of Agora Human Rights Association, 
and Damir Gainutdinov, legal analyst with Agora Human Rights Association

(Photos: Forbes)

Source: Forbes

The attempts by the state to "clean up" the internet have to date provoked nothing but derision. What could change in the coming months? The unified register of domain names, website page indexes and IP addresses which enable the state to identify sites containing information banned in Russia has been in operation for six months. The milestone was marked by this story about the blocking Yandex. If we were to sum up the register’s work so far, the numbers are impressive: according to the latest data from the RosKomSvoboda Project, 314 domain names and pages, and 178 IP addresses have been added to the register. Given that tens and even hundreds of websites can be hosted on a single IP address, the overall scale of the blacklisting amounts to serious state interference in freedom of information in Russia. [Read more]

Damir Gainutdinov on Regulation versus Technology and How the Online Community is Refusing to Accept Law on Blacklisting of Websites

posted 30 Nov 2012, 05:36 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Nov 2012, 05:54 ]

28 November 2012 



Instead of trying to dredge through and screen the whole Russian Internet, Roskomnadzor (Russian Federal Supervision Agency for Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Mass Communications) would be better off setting clear, understandable and fair guidelines that would gain the cooperation of the Internet community. This approach would require a much more sharply focused and professional approach by state bodies, so it is unlikely to be adopted. [Read more]

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