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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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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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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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