Archive for December, 2012

The State Duma will draft the regulating law till Spring

Sunday, December 30th, 2012
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By April 2013 deputies will draft a project or an omnibus acts concerning the Internet activity.

As Lenta.ru reports that this was announced by the deputy of the State Duma Robert Shlegel at the final Russian Association of Electronic Communications (RAEC)  conference.

The Parliament plans to develop the project  in collaboration with the Internet sector. Subject to the expert discussion, Shlegel expects that the bill will come to a Dumas consideration in September, 2013. The deputy also stressed that the project doesn’t aimed at toughening the Internet control. “ The development of any rules always lead to some limitations”.

“Nobody is going to increase restrictions” – he said.

According to Shlegel words, the bill have been planed as a complex platform for regulating the Internet activity.

As it was said in “Yugopolis” in July, 2012, the State Duma have already excepted the creation of the “register of prohibited sites” in December 2011.

However even after the “blacklist” came into force in November 2012 it was necessary to finished its working mechanism. According to the  ITAR-TASS the Internet experts think that the register of prohibited sites  bill must be improved.

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Chinese people will have to state their passport data

Friday, December 28th, 2012
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Chinese authorities can force citizens to state their real first and second names while concluding an agreement with the Internet access dealer, reports Reuters.

At a present time, the law that will oblige users to tell providers an information about them is being considered in the Country Parliament, writes “Sinhua” agency –  China’s government official publication.

“Only by this measures we can “treat” our Internet, make it more cultural and secure”, – was said in the statement of the leading party.

In turn, right protectors are sure that the impossibility to keep anonymity in a virtual space is a censorship. By the way, according to Reuters, many Chinese citizens even now have to conclude contracts with Internet providers only by stating their passport data. Such rules can be found also in many other countries.

We remind that Chinese authorities obliged Internet users to state real first and second names while registration in social networks and blogs.

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The Internet regulating. 5 ambiguous ideas

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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In social Network with a passport

It is obvious to call the creation of the register of domain names and sites with prohibited information as the main initiative of this year. The attempt to divide sites on “good” and “bad” caused an outrages of a part of users and experts. This register have started its work on November 1. Within the first month such popular Internet resources as “Lurkmore”, Google and Youtube have been included in this register for several times. But this was not the only attempt to bring an order to the Russian Internet. There are 5 more deputies and business representatives initiatives which caused  resonance in the Runet in this year. Vadim Dengin, the deputy of the State Government and the member of the LDPR offers to pass the law of the obligatory passport data’s granting for users registration in social neworks. Then he explained that it can be not only a passport but also a mobile phone, that is tie to the passport. The head of the respective committee explained that it was a personal decision of the Vladimir Dengin and that none of the measures towards this question had been done.

Wifi using limits. Child under 18 must not use WiFi!

Maksim Ksenzov, the deputy administrator of the ROSCOMNADZOR during the meeting with the Internet- Media representatives offers to limit the WiFi access for users under 18 at public places. Before the ROSCOMNADZORs statement, providers thought about blocking the access to “adult sites” fro users under at 18 public places . But now ROSCOMNADZOR demands even to close free WiFi connecting at public places.

Anonymizers are prohibited

In September it is appeared the information about the State Duma is going to take into a consideration the project of prohibiting such a programmes (so called anonymizers), that hide users in the Internet. With the help of such programmes one can access the prohibited in Russia sites.

It is not hard to use such anonymizers. It is enough to put in the address line on a special site that you want to visit.

It is said that its using will be punished bu a fine and Internet disconnection. But experts think that such measures will not resolve the problem, because users will find an access to the sites that they want to visit anyway.

The Russian piracy party, by the way there was created a resource called “ RosKomSvoboda”, where one can find an information about blocked sites and know how to avoid blocking and collect a feedback from the users about blocked pages.

The prohibition of foreign Internet-shopping

In the beginning of November a number of Media wrote about the initiative of one of the Russian Internet-businessman to regulate purchases in foreign-shops of a private individuals, and supposedly, this initiative was supported by the Minister of Communication. The businessman supposed that the possibility to purchase  goods abroad makes Russian shops ( where the prices usually 2 times higher)  uncompetitive. But the Ministry have to disprove this information, explaining that the Ministry of Communication didn’t take any measures toward Internet-trade for abroad.

The mail for people-government connection

In December the Russian government will see the project about a postal service. This project is going to create a postal system. The official electronic mail box that will allow for citizens, companies, offices and state agencies to send and print documents. It is expected that the new system will be paid. The development, service and kipping the register will be the work of the Russian Post.

Experts are sceptical about this idea.

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Providers from the whole world will have to control users traffic

Monday, December 17th, 2012
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Last Friday ITU have approved the document that obliged Internet providers from the whole world to establish system of Internet traffic analysis to limit pirate content, writes in it’s article Kommersant – Ukraina.

However, as experts say, mass appearance of such a system can be too expensive for another operators and threaten personal freedom of Internet users.

On Friday in Dubai was completed the WCIT-2012 conference of ITU. It’s key result is the introduction of changes in the document that determines world common Internet regulating principles. The members of the organization supported the adoption of the deep Internet-traffic
analysis DPI (Deep Packet Inspection).

According to the document, world Internet-providers will analyze not only the banner headlines, but also the content. This will allow to reveal and block computer viruses and access to sites with illegal content. This standard pay attention on the possibility of Torrent-traffics blocking and mp3 files downloading in case of suppression of author’s rights. It is expected that the new standard will come into effect in 2015.

“ The request of the DPI use can become very expensive for providers. Expanses on the implementation of the DPI, that can analyze minimum 1-5 % of the whole traffic are equatable with the whole value of the companies expanses on Net infrastructure”. – said Aleksandr Olshansky the president of the Internet Invest Company.

Meanwhile, according to his point of view, there is a low level of the DPI efficiency to fight with the cybercrime or Internet piracy. It wouldn’t be difficult for Torrent users to unblock site.

Analysts are sure that DPI usage can lead to the users privacy loss. The members of WCIT also criticize DPI standardization. German representatives asked not to standardize technical sources because it  will strengthen the telecommunication contents control and Internet censorship and also prevent free information and ideas transfer.

Also, it is already known that USA, Canada, UK and several another countries refused to sign the document. According to the representatives of this countries, the new regalement will cause Internet censorship straitening.

It should be mentioned that Russia at the beginning made a statement with the idea to give countries governments the control of the Internet. But USA and Google was against it and Google collect more than mln signatures for free Internet support. And according to Media, in connection with this Russia refused any concrete offers and decided in favor of international cooperation.

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States will follow sources of the Internet content

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
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On friday the offer about the Internet control standard of China and other countries was approved after the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) conference in Dubai was finished. The Deep Packet Inpection (DPI) technology , that allows to read and identify any encrypted Internet traffic, for example pirate content was approved.

Some countries were against this project, there were some offers to limit ITU control over international calls and other types of communications. Germany opposed the DPI introduction, according to the representatives of this country ITU shouldn’t standardize none of the technical decisions that can lead to toughing of the Internet content control and that can be used for censorship and prevent free Internet information spreading. According to a quote from the Reuters document “ All countries must have the same aims and the same responsible for Internet control and also to provide the stability, security, continuity of the Internet existence and it’s future development”.

Otherwise, the adopted document Y-2770 is nonpublic and only the conference participants have an access to it. All the meetings were carried out behind closed doors. A part of undiscussed questions will be raised on Wednesday.

As a matter of fact Russia was going to represent international Network regulation offer that contains the idea of Internet control not only in the country but on the supranational level. However this initiatives caused a sharp critic from American Internet companies such as Google.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
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A quick note about the issue with VPNs in China

Monday, December 10th, 2012
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We hear more and more about issues with a free Internet access to the Internet in China. Authorities  tighten measures to limit the Internet on constantly basis. And now they have reached their appogeya – they blocked TOR and other popular VPNs recently.
 
By this step, they make it clear that now Internet users are no longer able to be anonymous in the Internet and every step they do will be traced in future.
One of our regular customer who still wants to be anonymous in China told us what is happening:
“Authorities here getting especially last 2 month extremely ‘concern’ about Internet. For your information using Android phone from December 1st cannot make portable HOTSPOT also. On the screen already is information, that cannot obtain IP address. Exceeded number of connections is on screen. Most of big town is already effected by this.
Google and gmail is totally defeated here. From web browser is very hard to access, mainly timeout. The same if using for example Microsoft Outlook with IMAP, POP and SMTP.”

 

We are sure that this is a loud statement that anonymity is completely erased in China.
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