Quoted: on Internet bill in Russia and Wikipedia blackout protest

“For the last 12 years, I’ve lived in happy confidence that the Russian authorities would be smart enough not to censor the Internet. But the situation, unfortunately, is changing.”

Anton Nossik, Russian Internet expert, in a blog post, according to the Guardian. The Russian parliament is scheduled Wednesday to consider a bill that would amend the Act for Information and give the government more power over the Internet, including adding even more websites to a blacklist. To protest what it calls a move that “could become the basis for real censorship of the Internet,” Wikipedia has shut down its Russian-language page for 24 hours starting Tuesday. Visitors to the online encyclopedia see a black line across its logo, with an explanation of the protest. According to the Guardian, legislators from President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party who back the bill say it would target websites that harm children, including pornographic sites and those that promote drug use. But critics such as Wikipedia say the bill could lead to “the creation of a Russian analogue to China’s Great Firewall.” Wikipedia was among the many sites that participated in an Internet blackout earlier this year against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), the U.S. copyright legislation that was eventually shelved.


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  • Redmond

    Amazing. This would not have come as a surprise to Nossik had he not define Putin as a communist first, but rather as KGB. Being a member of the party was simply a convenience. KGB not communism defines his soul. And when you define him in those terms a lot of things start to make sense and you will be less surprised by what happens as the new Russia is defined by control not ideology.