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18 July 2012

Russian Lawmakers Set to Debate Internet Blacklist

The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, will hold on Friday initial hearings on a bill proposing a unified digital blacklist of all websites containing pornography, drug ads and promoting suicide or extremist ideas.

The controversial bill, supported by all four party factions in the State Duma, has been widely criticized by civil rights activists and internet providers as an attempt to introduce censorship of the Russian segment of the internet (RuNet).

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