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Medvedev vows tough punishment for deliberately false Internet info

April 18, 2012, 15:00 UTC+3
The prospects of its development on the Internet market primarily depend from the insistence of the authors of the projects and their creativity
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MOSCOW, April 18 (Itar-Tass) —— The state authorities should create conditions for further expansion of the online business, because it does not need massive investments, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in his message of greetings to the participants of the Russian internet conference Internet and Business here on Wednesday.

“During the global crisis this business proved to be quite stable. The prospects of its development on the Internet market primarily depend from the insistence of the authors of the projects and their creativity. This is a perfect opportunity for young people to try themselves in business,” the president believes.

In his video blog Medvedev noted that “in the previous year the zone.RU is actually ranked fourth in the world rating of national domains.” “Russia became one of the European leaders for the number of Internet users, primarily thanks to the growth in the number of users in the regions,” Medvedev added.

The president also believes that “the websites of regional authorities and local self-government bodies lay down foundations for electronic democracy, because they are close to the needs of ordinary people.” “The technologies of the currently modern crowdsourcing are needed in electronic referenda, in the debates of initiatives, pressing problems of the cities, villages or just some concrete yards. As it is just unreal to settle all the problems “through Moscow”, even “the virtual Moscow”,” he noted.

“The possibilities of the Internet, social networks, blogging sphere can be used to make the authorities opener and more transparent,” the president pointed out. “To expand the participation of people in the settlement of the most important issues and to increase the quality of state governance,” he said.

“It is necessary to punish severely for the posting in the Internet of the deliberately false information, which mars someone’s honour, dignity, business reputation, for the distribution of child’s pornography, for the propaganda of terrorism, interethnic and religious strife,” Medvedev remarked. “The law enforcement agencies should deal with these issues,” the president said, adding that this is not censorship in the Internet, because “it is impossible and just senseless.”

The president pledged that he will continue his blog and participation in the social networks. “The modern state cannot work efficiently without these technologies. Therefore, we will develop them further. We will create conditions to bring people and authorities closer through the Internet,” Medvedev underlined.


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