p2pnet.net news:- Russia’s deputy prosecutor general wants Big Brother reinstated, this time to censor freedom of speech online.
A “legal control over the Internet” is necessary, “to step efforts to fight with extremism,” says Ivan Sydoruk, according to Kommersant.
Human rights activities say state control over the Net, “will create persecuted ‘cyberdissidents” and IT specialists argue online censorship is next to impossible, says the story.
But, “The Internet is often a place for circulating extremist leaning information,” Sydoruk told a police conference in Rostov-on-Don yesterday, declaring, “We need to work out an effective system to control the data released there in line with lawsays Kommersant.”
In another recent statement calling for strict control over the Net, federal security service director Nikolay Partushev said, “There are currently 5,000 web-site run by extremist organizations and movements,” the story states, adding:
“State Duma Legislature Committee Chairman Pavel Krasheninnikov came up with a bill last year to sentence Internet extremists to five years in prison. The amendments, however, were not adopted.”
Kommersant – Security Officials Mull over Censorship on the Net, June 22, 2007
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