Putin vs. Internet: Russia could ban anonymizer

Putin vs. Internet: Russia could ban anonymizer


The Battle of Russia against the Internet does not end: after banning a long list of websites, the next logical step is to make sure that people can not access them in other ways.

In another episode in the long war against the freedoms Putin online last month A Russian court declared illegal and ordered blocking RosKomSvoboda , page a human rights organization, on the basis that the operation thereof was comparable to that of a anonymizing , ie, that this was a tool that could be used to access content and websites that could be blocked in Russia. The cause of the sentence was specifically a explaining how to get around the blockage by IP to access certain blocked sites.

Although Russian law not prohibit, so far, the existence and use of anonymizer , this statement could become the first antecedent to block other tools that from the technical point of view-and unlike this page- itself constitute anonymizer such as Tor or directly as Anonymous or Hidemyass websites.

The discussion regarding the use and prohibition of anonymizer and VPN s in Russia is already longstanding. In 2013, there was talk of the possibility of create a law to ban Tor and proxies . Last year, the Russian Interior Ministry offered a reward of about $ 100,000 for who was able to decrypt the data sent through the Tor network . Finally, in February, the deputy Leonid Levin reiterated that it was necessary to restrict the tools used to circumvent censorship, as Tor and VPNs.

Censorship in Russia

Russia practices selective content filtering and blocking websites since 2010 . In 2012, passed the so-called “Law Restricting Internet “, which replaced the method of blocking sites through orders issued by prosecutors, with a blacklist of websites. This list began restricting child pornography sites, drug trafficking and promoting suicide and was being expanded on later occasions to include other content considered illegal , as extremist content, and currently any page website that is subject to a gag order from a court , a procedure which, of course, is abused often to prohibit critical content to national or local government.

Russia bans anonymizer

Internet is full of memes Putin and it is no wonder that man is photogenic

The War of Putin against memes

More recently this year, Russia banned all kind of parody that uses the image of public figures . While this is understood worldwide as a “prohibition of memes”, this interpretation is not exactly right, because on the one hand, not all memes are prohibited (those that are not considered “offensive” should not be claimed for removal) and secondly, does not refer only to memes: are prohibited, for example, public figures parodic accounts in social networks . Like libel laws used in other countries, this constraint is to control the image of their public figures, especially its senior officials: it is considered “offensive” use images of these people along with texts “have to do with his personality or character” .

Anyone with half a brain and a slight knowledge of how Internet will realize that ban memes about something or someone specific can only bring an increase in that type of content : the efecto Streisand running at all that day. However, like many other governments, the Russian seem only partially understand how the Internet works, and is still trying to put gates to the field.





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Putin vs. Internet: Russia could ban anonymizer
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May 30, 2015


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