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  • Earthling 10:08 am on January 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: counterrevolutionary pigdog fascists, , Internet censorship in Russia, , , 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 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 Russia, 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 9:11 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: antimonopolism, antimonopoly, CIAN, , Internet censorship in Russia, 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/

     
  • Earthling 5:08 pm on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: banned meat, banned meat in Russia, beef, , , Internet censorship in Russia, Kukmorsky, Kukmorsky district, Kukmorsky district prosecutor, Kukmorsky prosecutor, offal, pork, , , , , Russian sanctions,   

    Russia: Prosecutors seek to block online information about forbidden meat 

    In Tatarstan, the local prosecutor’s office is seeking to block websites selling prohibited products from a number of countries to Russia.

    In the Kukmorsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan, the prosecutor’s office, while monitoring the internet for banned information, found two websites that contained information about direct imports of beef, pork and offal from a number of countries that Russia had imposed sanctions on.

    However, from the information published on the website of the Kukmorsky Prosecutor’s Office, it is not entirely clear from which countries the Russian users are offered to purchase beef, pork and offal. Although at first the prosecutors talk about Ukraine, South America and the EU, when they refer to the RF Government decree, it is already about North America:

    “In accordance with Clause 1 of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation ‘On measures to implement the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of August 6, 2014 No. 560 On the Application of Special Economic Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation’, by December 31, 2018, the importation to the Russian Federation of agricultural products, raw materials and food products originating from the United States of America, the countries of the European Union, Canada, Australia, the Kingdom of Norway, Ukraine, the Republic of Albania, Montenegro Iceland, the Republic of Iceland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.”

    Perhaps the work of the prosecutors from Tatarstan was affected by the blocks by Roskomnadzor, which led to the malfunctioning of Google services, including geographic focus?

    In order to suppress unlawful activities, the district prosecutor requested the court to recognize this information as prohibited for distribution throughout the Russian Federation and to block the resources. The prosecutor’s request is currently under consideration, as reported on the website of the Kukmorsky Prosecutor’s Office.

    Translated from RosKomSvoboda: https://roskomsvoboda.org/39741/

     
  • Earthling 9:38 pm on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Internet censorship in Russia, Rosmonadzor telegram ban, Russia telegram ban economics, , , Russian telegram ban ineffective,   

    Russia’s Telegram ban only scared off a tiny percentage of Telegram users 

    The Russian government’s recent blocking of millions of IP addresses in the “Telegram case” achieved a decrease in the messaging app’s audience by only 7%, and the number of messages fell by only 2%.

    A month after the Roskomnadzor’s ban, initiated following the decision of the Tagansky District Court in Moscow, the losses for Telegram have turned out to be drastically smaller than the efforts made by the supervisory agency.

    The developers of Crosser Bot analyzed the activity of almost three million subscribers of Russian-language channels, and found that the amount of people who were online a week after the block decreased by 7 percent compared to a week before the block.

    “This is very little from any point of view,” says Telegram Analytics, “but there is reason to believe that in fact the real decrease in user activity is even less.”

    As follows from the report, the amount of people online decreased by 7 percent. At the same time, according to foreign channels, the natural decrease of the audience also amounted to 5 percent. Accordingly, the real decrease in activity in Russia was approximately 2%.

    The average number of postings per day fell by 15% compared to April figures. Analysts do not believe that this is critical, because during the New Year holidays, the number of views dropped by 28%. Nevertheless, some major channels have said that their messages have been viewed more following the block.

    The average number of posts per day has practically not changed (a decrease of 2%), and the number of channels that have ceased to be updated fits into the “May margin” associated with the holidays.

    A decrease in advertising activity on Telegram was also not observed: “At the very beginning of the episode of Telegram blocking, a number of large customers stopped placing, but they quickly changed their minds. The end of the holidays confirmed further prospects for the growth of the market, “said Lisa Aprila, Commercial Director of Combot.

    In April, after the first week of the Telegram blocking by Roskomnadzor, the audience of the popular messenger, according to research of Combot, showed a decline of only 3%. But at the same time, third-party sites that were not connected with Telegram were badly affected. As of the end of the first week of blocking, more than 30,000 domains were affected by the “carpet bombing.”

    “Even if we divide them into three, because they can’t all work, we still get a terrible nightmare,” said Philip Culin, the head of DipHOST, who was the first to mass report IP addresses to the register of banned sites. “10 thousand businessmen having problems with sites — this is a lot. In the first days with blocked IPs, about 3-4 thousand domains were lost. People moved and lost money. Depending on the level of the site being moved, you might need 1,000 rubles and half an hour of work, but for a system with several components, it might take 2-3 days and require several specialists at $250 per hour each. What rates. This is how much money you need to move the site and take out the cache. Imagine the average business, should they move and spend, for example, 50 thousand rubles? There are such cases.”

    Based on the results of the policy initiated by the Roskomnadzor last month, the effectiveness of this agency is highly questionable. Even ignoring the issue of whether blocking Telegram is justified and try to take the authorities’ side mentally, it turns out that the damage caused to the messenger has been like a mosquito bite. In addition to moral and reputational damage caused, Russian business have suffered heavy losses, and consequently the state will receive less taxes.

    Translated from RoskomSvoboda: https://roskomsvoboda.org/38927/

     
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