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Roskomnadzor to keep ‘black websites’ register

September 27, 2012, 13:38 UTC+3

The register will be controlled by the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom

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On Thursday, the RF government will publish a resolution on the introduction of a list of “black websites” that promote drug abuse, child pornography and incite to commit suicide. The register will be controlled by the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor). The RF Ministry of Communications and Mass media is currently finalising bylaws for the amendments to the Law “On the Protection of Children.” They take into account many proposals of the Internet community on blocking web resources.

An Internet company source told the RBC Daily that the Ministry of Communications in the coming days will publish the draft bylaws regulating the keeping of the banned sites’ register. “We have already prepared a draft. We are currently completing its approval. Tomorrow we will discuss it with representatives of the Internet industry,” Deputy Communications Minister in charge of media affairs Alexei Volin said. Roskomnadzor, as it was expected, will be entrusted with keeping the register, he confirmed.

The law has evoke a barrage of criticism from large Internet companies (such as Group, Yandex, Google) and human rights defenders. In their view, the law creates all the prerequisites for censorship and blocking of conscientious resources, the Kommersant daily writes. In particular, the law allows blocking websites by IP-address, while it is quite sufficient to block sites by URL. Finally, as the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights under the RF President said earlier, the creation of a register of “black sites” will limit the network data transmission rate, and cost hosting providers and operators up to 10 million US dollars.




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