Russia's Internet blacklist looms in freedom crackdown
Posted in: Censorship at 07/07/2012 17:34
The country's move to strengthen its "Internet blacklist" could lead to blockage of porn, drug-related, and "extremist" sites. Would it also threaten political protests?
The United States had SOPA, and Britain has the Digital Economy Act. China is -- well, in a league of its own.
Russia is next on the list of developed nations pushing for widespread Web site blocking and censorship capabilities in the wake of an online uprising prior to the inauguration of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Thousands of protesters took to the streets, set up blogs, and disseminated demands for a fresh ballot over social networks following claims of a rigged votes and electoral corruption in the recent presidential elections.