FCC head Genachowski criticizes Russia’s new Internet law

A top U.S. official on Thursday criticized the new Internet law in Russia that won approval in the lower house of the Parliament Wednesday, saying it could limit free speech and civil rights.Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, on Thursday called the measure “a troubling and dangerous direction.””The world’s experience with the Internet provides a clear lesson: a free and open Internet promotes economic growth and freedom; restricting the free flow of information is bad for consumers, businesses, and societies,” he said in a statement.
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/fcc-head-genachowski-criticizes-russias-new-internet-law/2012/07/12/gJQABxnCfW_blog.htmlAlso see:FCC Chairman Criticizes ‘Dangerous’ Russian Website Blocking Plan
Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski late on Wednesday called Russian legislation to blacklist certain websites a “troubling and dangerous” direction for Internet freedom.The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, approved a bill on Wednesday that would give the government the authority to require Internet service providers to and hosting companies to block certain websites or risk being blacklisted themselves.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2012/07/fcc-chairman-criticizes-danger.phpTech companies continue protests after Russia adopts online ‘censorship’ bill [IDG]
The Russian legislature’s lower house on Wednesday adopted a bill that, according to tech companies in the country, could lead to Internet censorship.The bill, which includes amendments to several current laws, still needs to be signed and in the meanwhile Russian tech companies continue to protest the legislation, trying to influence the political process before the bill is formally adopted by the upper house.
www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/259153/tech_companies_continue_protests_after_russia_adopts_online_censorship_bill.htmlRussia Tightens its Grip On the Net
Russia’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Wednesday that critics say represents a big step toward the installation of a Chinese-style Internet censorship apparatus.The bill, pitched by its proponents as a necessary measure to protect children from “information harmful to their health and environment,” would create “an official roster of websites containing forbidden information, including child pornography, ‘propaganda of drug use,’ information that ‘may cause children to undertake actions threatening their life or health,’ or ‘any other information banned by court decisions,'” according to Bloomberg. It’s expected to pass the upper house and be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

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