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  • Earthling 10:08 am on January 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: counterrevolutionary pigdog fascists, Internet censorship, , , , 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 9:11 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: antimonopolism, antimonopoly, CIAN, Internet censorship, , 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, , 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 8:24 pm on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Censorship in Kyrgyzstan, Censorship of SoundCloud, Internet censorship, Internet censorship in Kyrgyzstan, , SoundCloud censorship   

    Kyrgyzstan has listed SoundCloud as an “extremist” website 

    Soundcloud, the online music and audio sharing social platform, has been listed as an extremist site in Kyrgyzstan. However, the site itself is still available to local residents.

    The reason for blocking the popular online platform in Kyrgyzstan was allegedly the placement of prohibited materials on it. In October 2017, the District Court of Bishkek ruled that the service was “extremist.”

    Responsibility for introducing restrictions on the use of the service is vested in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State National Security Committee and the State Committee for Information Technologies and Communications. “At the same time, users themselves will not be brought to account,” said Syita Sourbaeva, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court.

    According to her, the General Prosecutor’s Office appealed to the court to recognize the service as extreme because extremist materials were found on it.

    The head of the legal company Precedent, Fatima Yakupbaeva, explained that, judging from the October court ruling, recognition of SoundCloud as extremist could mean a ban on all content on the site. She does not understand how it is possible to supervise the execution of such a court decision.

    “The decision on SoundCloud is just like banning any social network in Kyrgyzstan. How will they do this? Take away mobile phones from citizens and force them to delete music and SoundCloud?” says Yakupbaeva.

    Sapar Bakhirdinov, an official representative of the State Committee for Information Technologies and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic, explained to Azattyk that the platform remain unblock due to “technical reasons”.

    “We send letters to every ISP that can impose restrictions. At present, some of them lack the technical capacity to introduce restrictions. In fact, it was [legally] possible to introduce a restriction only on audio files, since the site operates as a social network. But we do not have the ability to block audio separately, so we have to introduce a restriction on the entire site, “he said.

    SoundCloud is a service for hosting and sharing music and audio recordings. You can use the site for free to listen to audio, but you need to pay to download tracks beyond a certain limit.

    Translated from RosKomSvoboda: https://roskomsvoboda.org/38838/

     
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