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  • Earthling 10:08 am on January 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: counterrevolutionary pigdog fascists, , , , , legality of spy gadgets in russia, , prc, uyghur holocaust   

    January Internet Freedom Update 

    “You want to say something? Or you started to think deeply?”

    RUSSIA

    Bills providing punishment for insulting the authorities and false information are in reading

    Odious bills on punishment for insulting the authorities on the internet and spreading false news have been under discussion by the State Duma. These bills have been subject to debate in society and within the government.

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky said that “the groaning against the authorities” in the past led to the collapse of the USSR and the Russian Empire, so the introduction of responsibility for the relevant insults — is “protection of the country.” The head of the LDPR spoke approvingly about the “law on fake news”, because, in his opinion, it is necessary to suppress panic in society caused by fake news from the Internet and the media.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/44508/)

    Hundreds of millions of rubles to be spent searching for “anti-social phenomena and subcultures” on the web

    Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science plans to allocate 628-million rubles for searching online for information that is dangerous to the health of children. The subsidy will be provided to the non-profit organization ‘Center for the Study and Online Monitoring of the Youth Environment’, whose activity is aimed at monitoring the distribution of information on telecommunication networks. This non-profit organization was created on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 31, 2018.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/44255/)

    Putin signs laws that partially decriminalize reposting illegal content

    The penalties for posting illegal content on the internet have been changed from criminal to administrative, if they do not pose a public threat and are committed for the first time

    The laws in question punish people for inciting racial, national, religious and other hostility through the internet or media. Under the new amendments, criminal liability will only be for repeat offenders.

    The fine for first-time offenders will range from 10,000 to 20,000 rubles, or consist of compulsory work for up to 100 hours, or administrative arrest for up to 15 days. For legal entities the fine will be from 250,000 to 500,000 rubles.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/44116/)

    Russian Supreme Court partially legalizes “spy gadgets”

    A new Supreme Court ruling decided that it is only necessary to punish people for the purchase of “spy” devices if they were used to “infringe upon the constitutional rights of citizens”.

    What is meant by “spy” technologies is technological means intended for secretly obtaining information. Smartphones, video recorders and voice recorders can be recognized as such, if they are specially modified. The Supreme Court recommends not to punish people who bought “spy” pens or other devices for personal safety (to monitor their house, apartment, the safety of their relatives, animals) or by accident, according to the new decision.

    According to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, illegal circulation of special technological means intended for secretly obtaining information is punishable by imprisonment of up to four years.

    According to the statistics of the Judicial Department of the Armed Forces, from January to June 2018, 86 people were convicted under this law, and only one acquitted. Cases against 50 people were dismissed during the investigation.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/44061/)

    Libraries to limit number of simultaneous users of ebooks

    The SKOLKOVO Foundation has developed amendments to the Civil Code, among which are rules that libraries will not be able to provide access to the same electronic copy of a publication to several users.

    In March, the State Duma is scheduled to make amendments to determine the nature of free use of educational and scientific works electronically stored in libraries. The text of the proposed amendments is:

    “allow libraries to provide remote access to electronic copies of books, provided that the user will not be able to copy the materials, as well as if the purpose is not to make a profit (currently the reader can access the electronic version of the book only in the library or archive);
    allow people to read scientific and educational materials in electronic form, of any year of publication (currently this opportunity applies only to works that have not been reprinted in Russia for more than ten years).

    Maxim Proksh, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Group, said that this would be a right, not an obligation of libraries, and also clarified that they would not be able to provide access to the same copy of an electronic work to several users at once: if a single copy is stored in the library, only one person can view it at a time, if 50 copies — then 50 users.

    “We are talking mostly about literature, because access to knowledge is the goal of the bill,” said Proksch. “However, sometimes fiction can also have an educational character, for example, for students of Humanities faculties or schoolchildren, but this applies mainly to the classics, which already has the status of the public domain. According to him, the bill applies to those books that are protected by copyright: “we have no goal to bring down the publishing market, we focus solely on making educational and scientific literature available to any resident of the country without the need to make an expensive trip to the library, where the desired copy is located.”

    The project is currently undergoing internal coordination, after which it will be submitted to the Commission of Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov. According to the plan, the document can be adopted in May this year.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/44578/)

    (Above content is translated and paraphrased from RoskovSvoboda.org, which is available under CC4 License)

     

    CHINA

    China undertakes manual internet censorship by visiting people

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190106/09204741342/chinese-police-now-performing-door-to-door-twitter-censorship.shtml

    LinkedIn supports China’s censorship regime

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190109/18043041366/linkedin-is-helping-chinese-government-silence-critics.shtml

    Pyscho bourgeois pigdog dictators of China use information warfare to cover up Uyghur holocaust

    Save the 3 million Uyghur Muslims in Chinese concentration camps!

    China releases app showing locations of nearby people who are in debt

    https://www.businessinsider.com/china-app-shows-map-of-people-in-debt-for-social-credit-system-report-2019-1

     

    AFRICA

    Gabon, DRC, Zimbabwe shut down internet in response to conflicts

    http://www.itwebafrica.com/security/513-africa/245309-internet-shutdown-in-gabon-dr-congo-condemned

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/01/18/Zimbabwe-shuts-down-Internet-access-amid-growing-unrest/4461547825545/

     

    US

    Conservative legislators try to clean the internet, protect children with internet porn filtering act

    http://humantraffickingpreventionact.com/

     
  • Earthling 9:40 am on December 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: australia bans encryption, chinese spying on autobmobile users, Directive on the Transition of Russian State-Owned Companies to Russian Software, ice violates us constitution, , mass-surveillance in india, ofcom bbc spat, prison corruption exposure in russia, , russia ban on foreign software, russia fines for facebook and twitter, russian central ban block websites, yarovaya package prices   

    December Internet Freedom Update 

    RUSSIA

    The Central Bank will be empowered to block websites

    The State Duma introduced a bill providing for the possibility of the Central Bank restricting access to internet resources that violate legislation on the financial market

    (Source: https://roskomsvoboda.org/43704/)

    Group Forced to Take Back Prison Corruption Exposure

    The human rights organization “Russia Sitting” (“Русь сидящую”) has been ordered by the governent to refute information published online about prison corruption. This is following a lawsuit by the Sverdlovsk penal colony.

    (Source: https://www.roskomsvoboda.org/43981/)

    The “Yarovaya package” is expected to increase prices on the internet

    Some Internet providers in Moscow are raising prices for their services. In particular, one of the oldest providers in the capital, RiNet, announced that from January 1, 2019, the cost of services will increase by 5%. The company explained this by the fact that in 2018, a number of initiatives requiring “multimillion-dollar costs” came into force: including the law on increasing VAT from 18% to 20%, the “Yarovaya package” (which requires mass storage of data),and amendments to the government resolution on cooperation with bodies engaged in operational investigative activities.

    (Source: https://roskomsvoboda.org/43847/)

    State-owned companies will be forbidden to import software

    First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Anton Siluanov approved the Directive on the Transition of Russian State-Owned Companies to Russian Software. As reported by Vedomosti with reference to a copy of the document, the enterprises were asked to develop a “clear plan” for such a transition by 2021. These are companies from the No. 91-p list approved by the government back in 2003. It includes Aeroflot, Gazprom, Sheremetyevo, Rosneft, Russian Railways, Channel One, RUSNANO, VTB, etc. Within ten days after receiving the directives, the companies should initiate meetings that include the issue of substituting imported software.

    (Source: https://roskomsvoboda.org/43847/)

    Russia sets fines for Facebook and Twitter

    Roskomnadzor has set a fine for Facebook and Twitter of 5,000 rubles. By January 17, 2019, both companies are required to provide “legally significant” answers about the requirement to localize user databases in Russia, otherwise they will be fined.

    Facebook and Twitter have not yet localized their user databases in Russia and have been notified of the need to comply with the law. Roskomnadzor is waiting for a response by January 17, the Head of the Department Alexander Zharov told reporters. According to him, on December 17 Roskomnadzor sent Facebook and Twitter notifications about the need to comply with the legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of user data.

    (Source: https/roskomsvoboda.org/43902/)

    Russia and UK investigate each other’s media

    (Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46648010)

    Much of above content is translated from RoskomSvoboda

     

    US

    ICE rises above the Constitution, seizes websites without due process

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181213/18030341224/ice-seizes-over-1-million-websites-with-no-due-process-apparently-unaware-that-copyright-trademark-are-different.shtml

    INDIA

    India initiates hardcore mass-surveillance

    https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/all-computers-can-now-be-monitored-by-govt-agencies/article25792523.ece

    AUSTRALIA

    Australia outlaws encryption, will share the data with US and other former colonies

    Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent

    GLOBAL

    Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/30/18120148/car-companies-china-location-data-electric-cars-mercedes-tesla

     
  • Earthling 8:17 pm on November 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: austria abolish anonymity online, automated extremism analysis, automated extremism detection, automated extremism searching, carolina altstadter, china exporting big brother tech, china exporting surveillance know-how, china exporting surveillance tech, difficult teens, FOB, heinz-christian strache, , roskomnadzor fines, roskomnadzor fines instead of blocking, surveillance of troubled youths, trouble teens, troubled teenagers   

    November Internet Freedom Update 

    Difficult teenagers in Ural to be entered into a single database for surveillance

    Authorities claim the creation of such a system will reduce the response time to incidents and help to identify at an early stage children who may be affected by terrorist or other radical movements.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/42944/)

     

    FOB automated extremism-searching system to be launched in Perm

    The main Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Perm Region is seeking to buy hardware and software to automatically search for and analyze extremist materials.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/42982/)

     

    The head of Roskomnadzor is in favor of fines instead of blocks for banned content

    The head of Russia’s censoring body, Alexander Zharov, has advocated the introduction of fines for online services repeatedly violating Russian censorship laws, instead of the current ineffective system of blocking.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/43006/)

     

    Moscow to spend 53 million rubles on the analysis of online activity

    This was spotted on the public procurement portal by RosKomSvoboda. The Government of Moscow plans to purchase a new data analysis system, called STATS.

    Notable aims of the system include:
    • ensuring the possibility of identifying a unique internet visitor in the absence of cookies in the browser of the Internet visitor;
    • segmentation and clustering of internet visitors with the ability to identify target groups;
    • search for implicit target groups by building links between internet visitors with similar behavior;
    • providing information about the behavior of internet users to personalize the content blocks of internet resources.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/43084/)

     

    The Internet in Ingushetia was turned off during protests at the request of security forces

    This follows from the response of Roskomnadzor to complaints from residents of the republic. The supervisory authority does not intend to fine mobile operators for violating the rights of citizens.

    The days when Ingushetia was left without mobile internet coincided with mass protests in the republic in the first half of October. Local residents opposed the unfair, in their view, agreement on the establishment of the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya.

    At the end of October of this year, more than 30 residents of the republic complained to Roskomnadzor about the blocking of mobile internet by telecom operators during rallies in the capital of the republic, Magas. At that time, according to Daurbekov, more than 400 such complaints had already accumulated.

    As local residents tell us, in Ingushetia, 3G and 4G are disconnected every time a rally or public action is scheduled. And this has been happening for at least 10 years.

    “This is about the protection of the constitutional order. Statements were recorded that can be qualified as calls for mass riots,” said a source in the security forces.

    (https://roskomsvoboda.org/43042/)

     

    Austrian government wants to abolish online anonymity

    Austrian authorities believe that forcing users to use real names in cyberspace will solve the problem of online verbal abuse.

    The Austrian government held a narrow meeting with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and heads of several ministries on the protection of public figures and ordinary citizens from anonymous threats and abuse on the web.

    As a result, Kurz and Strache announced the need to ban the “niqab on the net” and to oblige the platform to register users only with real names. They stressed that this is not about monitoring or restriction of freedom, but about the possibility for authorities to identify of violators of order.

    In addition, the Secretary of State Carolina Altstadter is working on the introduction of more stringent penalties for harassment on the internet.

    The authorities understand that this intention is difficult to implement. “I ask for your understanding, we are at the very beginning,” Kurz said.

    This proposal from the authorities has already caused controversy in Austrian society, as many think that anonymity is not the main reason for cheeky behavior on the web.

    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/43000/)

     

    China is exporting its surveillance techniques and technology, notably to Africa, Venezuela, and Singapore

    https://freedomhouse.org/china-media/china-media-bulletin-us-china-tensions-upgraded-police-surveillance-africa-influence-no-130

    Venezuela: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/venezuela-zte/

    Singapore: https://www.fastcompany.com/90269129/singapore-wants-to-add-face-recognition-surveillance-to-110000-lamp-posts

    Ongoing Genocide in China Uses the Latest Tech

    “Compulsory government apps have been installed on phones to monitor conversations, group gatherings, religious or anti-Chinese downloads. At ubiquitous checkpoints, anxious police officers scan phones for anomalies. A switched-off phone is suspect, as is a device restored to factory settings. An analogue phone – or no phone at all – is equally suspicious.”; “Mosques across the province are being reduced to rubble. The places of worship have given way to parks, factories, apartments and entertainment centers.”; “Normal now are families too terrified to speak of their loved ones and the horrific realization that vast numbers of Uighurs have indeed disappeared. Tens of thousands of now-empty homes have been sealed and alarmed to prevent reentry. A government official sent to help with the harvest in the south reported villages denuded of workers and orphanages being built to house children left behind.”

    “There is recognition technology, with databases covering the face, voice, fingerprints and DNA of every Chinese citizen. Then positional monitoring, including mobile devices, which even now can report on the location of 1.4 billion citizens (the trick will be to use AI to make that information recoverable in real time), backed up by other public systems, such as linking up more than 170 million cameras (said to rise to 400 million by 2020).

    Next is lifestyle monitoring. Databases concerning the individual, be they health or education records, details of purchases made or internet activity, will be monitored. This is where we find data from the social credit system, which is like a financial credit rating but far broader. Anyone deemed anti-social (or anti-Communist party) will find themselves blocked from buying air or train tickets, getting a mortgage or even graduating.

    Finally, there is the ‘grid system’ information, which divides cities into small parcels overseen by citizens who are paid to report unusual activity to the police. The East Germans had a Stasi: in the 21st century, China enlists far more people. In Chaoyang district in Beijing, for instance, there are around 120,000 paid informants in operation. The information they provide is sifted through using computer power and artificial intelligence.”

    https://eurasianet.org/perspectives-dispatch-from-xinjiang-friday-doesnt-happen-anymore

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/social-credit-is-just-one-part-of-chinas-new-state-control/

    48 Ways to Get Sent to a Chinese Concentration Camp

    https://www.jumpthegreatfirewall.com/

     
  • Earthling 7:07 am on November 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adblocker, facebook, how to avoid haram things on the internet, how to avoid un-christian things on the internet, how to avoid un-kosher things on the internet, how to avoid ungodly things on the internet, internet and purity, javascript, mps-youtube, noscript, puritanical internet usage, puritanism, purity, purity on the internet, scriptsafe, twitter, youtube   

    How to Use the Internet Puritanically 

    The following advice is useful not only for Puritanical Christians, Jews, and Muslims, but also for anyone who does not want random corporate garbage and smut invading their mind.

    1. Use an adblocker. Ads are designed to manipulate you, so whatever they want you to do, don’t do it. Ads want you to view them, so block them. Ads want you to buy something or use a service, so boycott anything you see an ad for.

    2. Browse with Javascript disabled by default. This can be done with the NoScript or ScriptSafe plugins. This prevents various kinds of unsavory content from running in your browser, giving you more freedom to choose what is displayed.

    3. Use an image blocker plugin, which allows you to block all images on a site. This will protect your eyes from ungodly sights on sites where you really only want to read the text. (uBlock Origin includes this feature).

    4. Use a firewall or family internet filter to block nasty sites by category (porn, gambling, etc.).

    5. Use safesearch. Avoid all image searches.

    6. Don’t browse carelessly or randomly; think about what it is that you specifically want to do and do that.

    7. Avoid sites with massive amounts of user-uploaded content such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., if you do not want to see random content that may taint your purity.

    8. Use non-graphic interfaces when possible. For example, by using mps-youtube you avoid all the unsavory thumbnails on Youtube.

    9. Consider using a text-only browser such as Lynx.

    By Henry L. MacGregor

     
  • Earthling 2:55 am on November 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abuse of environment, cyberbullying, digital justice, digital justice and ecocide, ecocide, environmental hacktivism, FOSS and ecocide, Free and Open-Source Software and Ecocide, , internet freedom and ecocide, , privacy and ecocide, web freedom and ecocide   

    Digital Justice and Ecocide 

    Internet Freedom and Ecocide

    The free exchange of information is essential for the propagation of scientific information about the environment, journalism about ecocidal behavior and policies, and also to organize activities and protests in support of Mother Earth.

    Privacy and Ecocide

    Privacy is essential for freedom of speech. The absence of privacy makes it easy for authorities to punish journalism, activism and the propagation of scientific information about the environment (as can be seen in China).

    Free and Open-Source Software and Ecocide

    Commercial software is more susceptible to being manipulated and abused by ecocidal governments and corporations. Closed-source software cannot be freely evaluated by users for security and privacy, so consumers can’t know for sure what the software is actually doing. Free and open source software is also more efficient in terms of human and hardware resources. Open source projects can borrow from each other easily, whereas Apple, Google and Microsoft cannot.

    Cyberbullying/Hacking and Ecocide

    Cyberbullying and hacking are illegal in many places. Such behaviors can be harmful to environmental causes when the victims are environmental activists or journalists, or they could hypothetically be productive if used against ecocidal forces like illegally polluting companies. Here is a book covering the subject of environmentalist hacktivism.

     

    By Henry L. MacGregor

     
  • Earthling 1:40 am on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: absurdism in russian politics, buccal epithelium, crimea, critical information infrastructure attacks in russia, dangerous reposts on vk, database of internet extremists, demons, elina mamedova, , how to bypass internet censorship in uzbekistan, , internet censorship in uzbekistan, , internet freedom in uzbekistan, National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents, reposts on vkontakte, risk of reposting, , , terrorists using telegram in uzbekistan, theater of absurdity, uzbekistan censorship, uzbekistan vpn, vkontakte repost, vpn in uzbekistan, yalta   

    September Internet Freedom Update 

    Russian government establishes center for combating cyberattacks

    By the order of the head of the FSB, the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents (NCCCI) as been established. This center will coordinate defenses from cyberattacks of critical information infrastructure.

    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/41584/)

    Woman accused of internet extremism is asked for DNA and voice samples

    The defense of the 27-year-old Crimean woman Elina Mamedova assumes that these requests are used by the authorities to form a certain database of “extremists”.

    The Investigative Committee demanded from a resident of Yalta, 27-year-old Elina Mamedova, accused of extremism for her posts on the internet, that she provide samples of saliva, voice and buccal epithelium (DNA collected via a cotton swab in the cheek). This was reported by her lawyer, Alexei Ladin of the human rights group Agora, who suggested that these samples are needed to form a “database of extremists”.

    Ladin also said:

    Obviously, the evidentiary value of samples of voice, saliva and DNA borders on absurdity. …The defense is convinced that the criminal prosecution of Elina Mamedova is unconstitutional, in connection with which she has refused to provide samples, in order to minimize her participation in the theater of absurdity.”

    Mamedov is accused of inciting hatred or enmity on the basis of nationality (Part 1, Article 282 of the Criminal Code). The criminal case was opened on the basis of reposts on VKontakte, which she shared back in 2014 and 2015.

    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/41549)

    In Uzbekistan, officialized internet censorship is responded to with instructions to circumvent it

    The Uzbek authorities have officially approved the rules for blocking websites, although this country has long restricted access to internet resources that provide alternative information about events in the country.

    Against the backdrop of the adoption of these rules, and also in reaction to some Facebook malfunctions which were mistaken for blocks, popular web publications began to publish instructions on circumvention of blocks, and the usage of VPNs in particular. Examples have been given for VPN installation and relevant browser extensions and phone applications.

    The difficulties in accessing Facebook were encountered by users of several countries in early September. The failure partially touched the US, as well as Europe and Asia. These problems were explained as technical problems. Later it was reported that access to the service in Uzbekistan was still absent, although Facebook could be accessed via VPN.

    Meanwhile, in Uzbekistan, resources that provide alternative information about events in the country have long been blocked. Access to the Fergana website was blocked after the 2005 Andijon events . However, the authorities officially denied blocking the website. Popular instant messengers as Skype, Telegram, Viber and WhatsApp have also been blocked. Online communications, according to some Central Asian governments, are the main tool of terrorists.

    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org)

     
  • Earthling 12:01 am on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Artem Kozlyuk, blocking IPs, blocking IPs without court, Elvira Baiullina, extrajudicial blocking, , Russian Central Bank, ,   

    Russian Central Bank seeks right to extrajudicially block sites 

    The Russian Central Bank has developed a draft amendment to the law “On information”, allowing the regulator to block sites, located in Russia or abroad, if they are used for financial fraud.

    The Central Bank wants to get the right to block sites that are used for financial fraud, without trial. This idea, according to “Vedomosti”, was discussed last week at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov. The regulator has developed a draft amendment to the law “On information”, giving it such powers regardless of whether the site is located in the Russian or foreign zone. If the Central Bank receives such powers, it will become the seventh state body that has the right to place sites in the Register of Prohibited Information.

    The regulator aimed at sites whose names are similar to others, which allows them to mislead consumers, as well as sites that provide financial services without a license. The right to block such sites will be granted to either the Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, or one of her deputies.

    Also, the Central Bank wants to block sites that provide access to the resources of financial and credit institutions, not without trial, but in the pre-trial phase, using the block as an interim security measure. Finally, the Central Bank asks for the authority to block sites that spread false information about the state of financial institutions. But this idea was not supported by Akimov.

    The major Russian bank VTB supports the initiative of the Central Bank, as it considers it an effective method of combating fraud and the spread of malicious software, said the representative of the VTB. An employee of another large bank agreed with this. The rights of consumers can be protected by out-of-court blocking of phishing sites on foreign domains and sites that provide financial services, said Elman Mehdiyev, Executive Vice President of the Association of Russian banks.

    The head of the public organization “Roskomsvoboda” Artem Kozlyuk, in comments for “Vedomosti”, said that in contrast, he does not support this initiative, as violators can instantly move and continue their activities, and respectable sites that are unlucky enough to “live” on blocked IP-addresses and subnets will stop working:

    “More and more websites are being blocked by mistake without trial or before trial, so there is no need to expand the list of agencies with such powers. And sites that are blocked without trial cannot quickly challenge the regulator’s actions, and to make their sites available to users they have to remove the disputed information.”

    In July last year, the Central Bank discussed with the Ministry of Communications (now — the Ministry of Finance) a bill to empower it to block websites of financial pyramids in the pre-trial phase. The regulator planned to collect the web adresses of organizations that conduct illegal financial transactions and send them to Roskomnadzor.

    At the end of 2016, the Central Bank signed an agreement with the Coordination Center (CC) of the national internet domain — the administrator of national top-level domains “.rf” and “.ru” — according to which the Central Bank has received the status of a competent organization with the right to identify violating sites that distribute malware, resources with illegal content, and phishing sites, and to provide this data to the Coordination Center and accredited domain name registrars so they can block such sites. Last year, the Central Bank of Russia initiated the blocking of several hundred such internet resources.

    Translated from Roskomsvoboda: https://roskomsvoboda.org/41143/

    In the comments section it was suggested that these government agencies with the authority to extrajudicially block sites may start blocking each other soon.

     
  • Earthling 1:38 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bitcoin censorship, bitcoin site censorship, crypto info blocked in Russia, , , Cryptocurrency and crime, cryptocurrency site block, DEA, Russian prosecutors, US Drug Enforcement Agency   

    Bitcoin is cleared of crimes 

    It turns out only 10% of transactions in cryptocurrencies are used for criminal purposes (5 years ago it was 90%).

    A study by the US Drug Enforcement Administration could be a useful addition to the knowledge of Russian regional prosecutors, who often argue for the prohibition of bitcoin sites by claiming that cryptocurrencies are used for criminal purposes.

    The use of bitcoin for criminal activites has decreased from 90% to 10%, as concluded by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which analyzed cryptocurrency transactions over the past five years. Special agent Lilita Infante told journalists that most operations with digital money are carried out by speculators.

    She added that blockchain technology has been used by US law enforcement agencies in recent years to identify citizens in the fight against money laundering and drug trafficking:

    “Blockchain gives us tools to identify people. In fact, I would like to see criminals continue using it.”

    The DEA agent noted that activity in the black markets continues to grow, as well as the volume of criminal transactions.

    When blocking bitcoin sites, Russian prosecutors often use the same argument — they allege that the cryptocurrencies are used to finance terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities. The head lawyer of Roskomsvoboda, Sarkis Darbinyan, claimed last fall that “prosecutors have not one proof of the illegality of cryptocurrencies,” so statements about the need to block certain sites in connection with the potential harmfulness of cryptocurrencies do not stand up to any criticism. We hope that this latest study from American drug fighters will cause a significant upgrade in the knowledge of Russian prosecutors concerning cryptocurrencies, and that the persecution of bitcoin sites will slow down at least a little.

    Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/40840/

     
  • Earthling 1:00 pm on August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: committe on information policy, google docs data leak, google docs leak, leak, , Pavel Medvedev, personal data on internet, personal info on google docs, , salary, schedule, yandex leak data, yandex private data   

    Russian State Duma complains to Roskomnadzor about leaks from Google Docs 

    The Head of the Committee on Information Policy, Leonid Levin, believes that search engines are not to blame for the leaks, but rather employees of companies leaked the files, and he called for “the perpetrators to be punished.”

    Google Docs data once again got into the search results of the Russian search engine Yandex. In the advanced search, user documents now show up in the “schedule” and “salary” search results. The press service of Yandex said that the data in question “is not prohibited for indexing”: “on our side nothing has changed. The documents in question are linked to the internet.”

    This is not the first time documents have been leaked from Google Docs and found on Yandex. On the evening of July 4, web users noticed that in the search results of Yandex you can find confidential data from users’ documents on Google Docs, such as passwords, contact databases, and other personal information.

    After this case, the SEO specialist Pavel Medvedev found personal data of Russians in the search results — scans of passports, bank payments, tickets for planes and trains, etc. Yandex has repeatedly officially reported that unsecured documents and files are available in the search results, the owners of which are allowed to access them by hyperlink.

    The deputies of the Russian parliament have already responded to incidences of the leakage of data indexed under “schedule” and “salary.” At a press conference, the Head of the State Duma Committee on Information, Information Technology and Communications Leonid Levin said that Roskomnadzor should conduct a thorough investigation into the user data from Google Doc files in the search results of Yandex:

    “Here there is the fact that the legal persons who process the data of third parties failed to comply with the responsibility of protecting this data. And this is a direct issue for Roskomnadzor, which should, of course, conduct a thorough investigation and punish the perpetrators.”

    According to Levin, Yandex is a search engine, a robot that finds everything that is unencrypted and publicly available.

    “This is a direct disregard for the protection of personal data that the company takes upon itself when receiving data from citizens,” the parliamentarian said.

    Meanwhile, the Administrative Code provides for fines for those companies that did not ensure the safety of personal data of citizens who used their services.

    Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/40690/

     
  • Earthling 9:11 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: antimonopolism, antimonopoly, CIAN, , , Moscow Antimonopoly Service, protection of competition, real estate, Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service, unfair competition in Russia, УФАС, ФАС, ЦИАН   

    Russian FAS opened a case against the online real estate service CIAN 

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    The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) found a violation of law in the actions of the popular online real estate database CIAN (ЦИАН), expressed in an incorrect comparison with similar resources provided by competitors.

    The Moscow FAS brought a case against CIAN for failure to comply with their warning within the prescribed period, according to their official website.

    As they reported, “Earlier we saw signs of violation of antitrust laws in the actions of CIAN, expressed in the incorrect comparison of their real estate search service with similar resources from competitors. The offending content was approved and circulated on the internet, creating the impression of its superiority. The capital’s antimonopoly authority issued a warning with a demand to remove the violation within 10 days. CIAN ignored the warning and continued to share incorrect information.”

    The case was initiated on the grounds of violation of Paragraph 1 of Article 14.3 of the law “On protection of competition” (comparison with a competitor using the words “best”, “first”, “most”, “only” and others, creating the impression of the superiority of the product). CIAN faces a fine of 100,000 to 500,000 rubles. The case is scheduled for August 9.

    It was not specified what kind of “comparison” FAS deemed incorrect. Perhaps the antimonopolists were confused by statement on the website that “CIAN GROUP is the leader of online real estate in Russia” , as well “Cian.ru – a reliable database for the sale and leasing of residential, suburban and commercial real estate.”

    This isn’t the first time FAS has found signs of unfair competition in the actions of CIAN. In February, the FAS issued a warning to the CIAN in connection with reports that CIAN had copied ads from the website “Avito” and used them for itself.

    Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/40648/

     
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