Archive for January, 2013

Kostromskaya region will introduce voluntary Internet censorship

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
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It is supposed that when connecting to this service users will have access only on such Internet resources that “do not contain extremist and pornographic materials, calls for cruelty and violence, another words anything that do not harmful for ethical and moral growth of coming generation”

The administration of the Kostromskaya region together with the Secure Internet League is going to sign a tripartite agreement with the biggest Internet providers of the region about the introduction of the service of such called “white lists” that automatically give to users the access only to approved sites, as it was announced by the region’s administration.

“At the current moment The Secure Internet League continues forming “white list”. Today they include more than 400 thousands resources and this number is rising”, – said in the report.

The administration adjust that in October 20212 the Kostrimskaya region was chosen as a pilot region for the realisation of the secure Internet program. The signing of an agreement is going to be on first quarter of 2013.
The connecting of the white list will be carried out by approbation of receivers of Internet service – explains administration.

By their turn the representatives of the biggest Internet providers in the region have not commented the possibility of conclusion of such a contract.

“VimpelCom” did not receive such proposal”, – said the representative of the company”, – in answer to the RiaNovosty question.

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Vladimir Putin instructed Federal Security Service to fight with hackers

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
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The president Putin instructed Federal Security Service to create a state system for revealing, prevention and elimination of the consequences of cyber attacks on the country’s informational resources. Beside the Service is vested with a function to develop a revealing hacker’s attacks technology on informational resources of a state structure and on private systems of information, but as agreed with their owners.


The question about if there would be a desire of both of them. Because there certain risks, thinks the founder of the project MyApps.com Vecheslav Semenchuk. The expert explain, that if to take for example Medea, Federal Security Service will need an access to this Medea to provide its security.

“ Our state structure, specifically organizations that we already had and those which are developing now will reveal, control and helps to prevent destructive methods towards Medea. So it means that such organization will need the access to servers and program for effectively preventing the consequences of such attacks. Accordingly this organizations are to have some access to server of a software of a Medea that will lead to the appearance of a censorship in Russia or to it strengthening due to the fact that these organizations have the access to the biggest Medea. Created organization can not only to secure for destructive methods but also to delete some certain contents.

According to experts words the reason for a decision to instructed Federal Security Service with such privileges became the hacker attack on the Kremlin site on May 6, 7 of the last year.

Some experts think that soon there will be law that will provide the responsibility for keeping harm soft. And it also means that these programmes can be easily thrown to an improper user. According to this any blogger can become a dangerous hacker even without any thought of it.

 

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Mitrofanov opposed social network registration according the passport data

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
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This was reported by the Deputy Chair of the Committee for Information Policy, Information Technologies and Connections Aleksey Mitrofanov on the live broadcast of “Russkaya slugba Novostey”.

“This is the idea of the deputy Vadim Denngin. I have a negative attitude towards this question. Moreover, I think that it’ll not be supported by the majority, because we don’t like elements of the China’s Great Wall. Nobody is going to put up a wall. Nobody wants Internet censorship. But for some unknown reasons it is concerned as the committee initiative, and I was also implicated”, – he said.

Earlier the deputy Vadim Dengin offered to widen this list of necessary data for social network registration. The parliamentarian is sure that by this way it’ll be more effective to fight with child pornography spreading. He added that agents of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Security Service should monitor citizens provide real information when registration.

That can be a very interesting thing with the general passport system in the Russian Internet! I think that a part of hackers will make false identity cards. So in connection with this there will a lot of fortuitous events.

For example, Internet hooligan Klava Sidorova will be caught, but she turns out Vova Petrov. And what to do in such situation? To send to a psychiatrist to see whether a person has a dual personality or to open the case for forgery?

I even don’t speak about advanced users, they like a James Bond certainly have nearly 10 more passports just in case. Or for example what to do with the users from abroad or migrant laborers? To create a special passport&visa service?

 

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3% of Bishkek’ children use Internet mostly for visiting sites with the pornography

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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The center for public opinion studies “El-Pikir” carried out an investigation among 980 Bishkek’ children and discover that 3% of them use Internet mostly for visiting sites with the pornography. Media-expert doubts the quality of the  carried out work.
According to the “El-Pikir” report, 3% of the questioned children said that watching the pornography is the main reason of the Internet using for them.
The investigation was carried out among 960 Bishkek children of the different segment of the people. 55,5% of questioned are boys and 46,7% are girls. The age of respondents varied from 12 to 19 years old, as it was written in the report.

At the same time no child from a “prestigious” school told the “porno sites visiting” is the main reason of Internet usage, write experts.

“Usually a child while searching in the Internet even if he doesn’t want to watch porno faces with links, flash- banners which provoke him to visit this site”- was written in the report.

According “El-Pikir” data, Kirghiz Internet user in general is offered by 100 porno-sites and only 10 from them have limits for under-ages – it means registration, contact data or paid viewing.
Besides according to the investigation while chatting children can be asked for meeting (17%) or to speak about sex (14%).

Almost a third part of questioned children earlier heard about the facts when some one from their friends or classmates were asked for taking part in porno-filming, as it was written by investigators.

“El-Pikir” offers to use programmes that can filter “negative” content for home and school computers. The investigators also thing that it will be good to create a “black list” of sites which will be blocked by Internet providers.

A “doubtful” investigation
The Media-expert and Elena Skochilo the head of the journalistic department of the American University in Central Asia doubted the quality of the “El-Pikir” investigation. Researchers do not state in the report who paid and ordered this investigation, do not state experts’ names whose views were used in this report, she said in the Interview with Kloop.kg.

“El=Pikir” does not state a copywrite of the photo materials (with children’s photos) and include copy-past material from other sites ( phrases are easy to google). The cover page has a “ Bishkek 2011”, for an unknown reason” – she said.

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Internet censorship: Ministry of Internal Affairs is going to block Lurkmore and “ImamTV sites in Chechnya

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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On Tuesday, January 15 it became known that law-enforcement agencies of the Check Republic are going to block Lurkmore and ImamTV sites. This will be decided in the court.

How did the Ministry of Internal Affairs came to this conclusion after the revision of the content of these sites?

According to a law-enforcement agency the Lurkmore and Imam-TV spread extremists material, propagandize way of suicide and calls of different hatreds on these sites. The results of the revision are send to the public prosecutor’s office of Chechnya.

The news about the blocking of sites drew a wide response in the Internet. Blogers are cheating: “ Thank for beforehand notice”

By the decision of the prosecutor’s revision these sites can be blocked on the territory of the Check Republic.

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Some facts of elections in Iran

Sunday, January 20th, 2013
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Iran citizens recently faced extensive disruption of web activity , it was concerned with particularly access to the Internet, a week after the social networking were blocked appeared some concerns about state censorship of parliamentary elections.

Internet blockade affected common form of secure connection that encrypts international websites of Iranian republic making dependable of the Secure Layer protocol, this protocol displays http addresses.

“Emails, proxies, secure channels usually start with https that are not available”- then informs Tehran-based expert declining to be identified.

“Cases touching upon these websites are worse than later, the VPNs do not work at all.”

Most of the Iranians apply private network, VPN and software getting around the government web filter aiming at prevention for getting access to wide range of websites together with foreign news social networks and sites rather similar to Facebook.
Last week millions of Iranian citizens suffered dangerous disruption in mail accessing and networking websites touching governmental activity.

Iranians grapple increasing obstacles that uses Internet for opposition supporters, that in its turn organize protests.

Government denies any frauds in the vote igniting large scale street demonstrations crushing security services after eight months.

Iran prepares to organize parliamentary elections on March 2.

Iran have passed the parliamentary elections on the 2nd of March, the previous elections has been hold in 2009, the results of March elections are now being regarded.

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The Internet Censorship. The site of Tina Kandelaki was blocked

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
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On Wednesday the official site of a popular Russian TV host was blocked.
Sanctions were applied by the Beeline provider. This was reported by Tina on her official page in social Networks. According to her point of view the Internet resource ban has a political reason. But honestly the TV host who is famous for her  oppositional opinion took it even with a humour.

- It was found a real lieder of the opposition. Here I am. My web site http://tinakandelaki.ru had been blocked by the @Beeline_RUS provider at 4:40 pm.

As a proof of blocking she added a screenshot of the blocked page, on which it was putted in black and white that “the resource of this IP address was blocked by the decision of state power”.

What laws had been broken by Tina Kandelaki on her site and what an exact content didn’t like Russian authorities currently is not known.

- By the way, I didn’t find my page in the “black list” of prohibited sites. I’d like to know the provider’s position, – she continues in her microblog.

Some people cheat that the reason is her beauty…

Being in the center of the scandal she also cheats: “With the help of vigilant workers of the @Beeline_RUS the activity of the most dangerous site, that spread prohibited information – my photos – had been stopped)”

At the same time it became known that other Internet providers didn’t block the site of Tina Kandelaki.

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Different approaches towards web censorship in UK, USA and China

Sunday, January 13th, 2013
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During the recent conference that took place in London British Foreign Secretary, William Hague declared that statements about cyberspace and web functioning can lead to a sustainable and equitable growth of giving access to knowledge and exchange of ideas about investment and nurtures possibilities for taking part in economic and social activities for margins. All this creates significant challenges that could define some benefits and pose serious threat.

According to the statements of secretary Hague tackling threats should improve security that will come at the expense of some fundamental human rights.

Secretary Hague being a chair for the conference declared a belief that at the end of the conference cyber security should be improved by the expense of human rights.

British foreign minister added that some governments are in the long term efforts to resist free flow of information.

The main purpose of the London conference devoted to cyberspace was connected with launching more confused and inclusive dialogue concerning with two aspects: key cyberspace actors, civil society and industry.UKforeign office hosted this information and further away this information was represented by 60 countries.

Among persons attending facebook one can find policy director Allan Richard, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, European commissionerKroes,USVice President Joseph Biden.

Vice president Joe Biden echoed Hague’s sentiments announcing that citizens’ on-line actions as it has been suggested should not be done at all.

Chinawas represented at the conference as one of the countries that do not actively participate in the open sessions.

China’s Consulate inEdinburghseemed to have different points of view on its participation in this conference.

Chinese delegation composing Ministry of foreign affairs, State Council of information office and some other departments took part at the conference.Chinaexpressed a hope that theLondonconference and its former discussions on some related topics at forums will be a rather useful supplement for the international process of discussing some international rules concerning the cyberspace within the UN.

But according to Financial times (London) a secretary Hague or vice president Biden seem to not like this.

FT reported that following three day political schooling session CEOs of 39 Chinese Internet, computer groups, telecom apparently pledged that Chinese government will exert tighter censoring over the 500 million web users of the web inChina.

The Ceos has likely reached agreement for self-control, restrain and strict discipline strengthening. All this contains the tendency of spreading some web rumors, illegal, harmful information, self-control.

So while secretary Hague and vice president Biden may believe that countries are trying their efforts in controlling free information flow over the web. Chinese government, ceos of its major IT companies do not let some beliefs interfering with some attempts for proving.

The FT also says that the group plans for future political schooling sessions to reinforce their commitment to their objectives.

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“Index on Censorship”: Belorussian authorities tightened control over the Internet

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
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Belorussian authorities tightened control  over spreading the Information through the Internet, they limit free information spreading and pressure on those who struggle for liberty of speech. It was said in a published on January, 4 analytical report called “ Byelorussia. The Net is under control” of the “Index on Censorship” organization.

In the report, published under the auspices of the Ministry of Internal affairs and the Open Society Foundations (OSF started by George Soros) it was affirmed there that Byelorussia is a country with one of the worst freedom of press and speech rating in the world. New digital technologies, foremost the Internet, provided new possibilities for the freedom of speech, but at the same time they supplied the Lukoshenko’s regime with new instrument for suppression of people’s thoughts and tracing dissenters.  Because of the fact that Internet became more important source of information , Belorussian authorities use different measures to control it. A strong Internet control  over the information space preservation  in the country is a very necessary thing for a power retention of a current regime in Byelorussia.

This report analyzes the main challenges to the freedom of speech in the Internet in Byelorussia. In particular, a special emphasis is given to measures  which the authorities of the post-Soviet republics use to limit the freedom of speech in the Internet. The report’s authors analysed legal restrictions such as a criminal liability for a slander and assault,

New legislative acts give the authorities large powers for online content censorship, in particular based on suspicions in “illegal information spreading” and “tracing citizens actions in the Internet”. The government invests in developing special equipment and programmes which will help to trace practically every activity of Belorussian citizens in the Net.

Western companies were have been noticed in delivery of equipment than can be used for such a trace. “ There were also moderators’ of popular oppositional social networks’ groups  and communities arrests in Byelorussia”. Journalists and activists who openly express their thoughts face with legal prosecution  convicted on  slander and assault. There is using of DDoS-attacks against independent sites, especially during the electing days” – is stated in the report.

The “Index on Censorship” calls the government of Byelorussia to stop incommensurable excessive legislative and nonlegal  online and offline practice, which limits the freedom of speech and thoughts.

The report includes concrete recommendations, following which, according to a   “Index on Censorship” point of view will help the Belorussian government to carry out its liabilities in a spread of the freedom of speech and human rights. Besides, there are recommendation for international organizations and institutions such as EU Committee, EU Parliament, Council of Europe etc. which have contacts with Belorussian government.

Within last two years Aleksandr Lukashenko sufficiently had broaden the control over the Net. Most citizens of Byelorussia do not understand what is the current level of government supervision.

The government supervision is a one more measure to threaten the Internet freedom  in Byelorussia.   “Index on Censorship”  calls government to stop online tracing, to  set free political  prisoners and provide citizens wit their rights for freedom of speech.

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It was prohibited for French provider to block advertisement

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
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French government passed a judgment according to which the biggest Internet-provider in the country “Free” has to stop blocking online advertisements for its clients. Under official version, Internet provider does not have a right to censor web content that is intended for finite user. Fleur Pellerin, France digital economy and innovation minister announced that she personally contacted with the Free Internet provider to make him restore the access to advertisements and before the minister had a meeting with local representatives of advertising community, who said that Internet provider’s plans bring a direct threat to an advertisement income of many projects.

A week earlier, the Free Provider starts blocking online advertisement for several users reloaded software’ functional. Free users told that in some cases reload software version sated up without any notifications and users lost the advertisement access automatically, because the utility blocked all the context advertisement, pop-up windows and banners on sites. Pellerin said that though any Internet provider has a technical feasibility for such blocking but these actions cannot be consider as good ones because advertisement shouldn’t be separated from other sort of Internet contain and block the access for this type of Information for users.

“Such type of blocking is incompatible with the idea of free Internet to which we always were aimed”, – she said. Nowadays Free providers account nearly 5.2 million clients, a considerable part of them were agree to block the advertisement, said the representatives of the company.

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