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Russian Wikipedia Shutters In Protest of Internet Blacklist Plans 84

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decora writes "If you visit Russian Wikipedia today you will be forgiven for thinking the entire site has crashed. It is not a crash, but a protest of the Russian State Duma's Bill 89417-6 According to Ria Novosti, the bill is 'proposing a unified digital blacklist of all websites containing pornography, drug ads and promoting suicide or extremist ideas.' Russian Wikipedia's main page has been replaced with a redacted logo and a protest text, part of which says 'The Wikipedia community protests against censorship, dangerous to free knowledge, open to all mankind. We ask you to support us in opposing this bill.' (translation by Google Translate)"
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Russian Wikipedia Shutters In Protest of Internet Blacklist Plans

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  • Bot Nets (Score:5, Funny)

    by zippo01 (688802) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @12:11AM (#40599237)
    I wonder is this bill would also shut down all the Russian Bot nets. You now how many porn offers I get a day from Russia/Asia.
  • Good luck (Score:5, Interesting)

    by siddesu (698447) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @12:14AM (#40599249)

    The Russian Internet has been under a very strong pressure to shut up from the political elite for a long time now (I got banned from a forum for the first time for criticizing Hutin in 2004 or thereabouts), but this law is like opening the proverbial floodgate of abuse.

    Good luck fighting back. Democracy is a process, not a state -- unless the people are prepared to stand up for it, it goes.

    In passing, hardly anyone would think the site has crashed -- those who use it often will read the notice, and those who don't will only go there because they've seen the news of the protest.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      (I got banned from a forum for the first time for criticizing Hutin in 2004 or thereabouts)

      I've gotten banned from American websites countless times for silly things. Guess that means The American Internet has been under a very strong pressure to shut up from the political elite for a long time now

      • Re:Good luck (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Johann Lau (1040920) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @01:46AM (#40599637) Homepage Journal

        What's with the snarks? What's so funny?

        http://cis471.blogspot.com/2011/01/before-twitter-revolutions-there-was.html [blogspot.com]

        http://w2.eff.org/Activism/russian_coup_netuse.article [eff.org]

        Date: Tue, 20 Aug 91 00:17:31 +0300 (MSD)

                    Hi!

                    Don't worry, we're OK, though frightened and angry. Moscow is full
                    of tanks and military machines, I hate them. They try to close all
                    mass media, they shutted up CNN an hour ago, Soviet TV transmits
                    opera and old movies. But, thanks Heaven, they don't consider
                    RELCOM mass media or they simply forgot about it. Now we transmit
                    information enough to put us in prison for the rest of our life :-).
                    Hope all will turn out well at long last...

                    Polina

        Date: Wed, 21 Aug 91 21:12:26 +0300 (MSD)

                    Thank you, Larry!

                    Now all information media are on, CNN transmites our
                    "Time" TV program, and I can watch them both!
                    I'v heard (may be it was CNN) that they withdraw
                    armed forces from Baltics cities. I'm not near the
                    parliament, I'm still at the computer, but the situation
                    on the net became lighter now and I hope to sleep a little, it was
                    my dream during last two days :-)

                    You can't even imagine, how grateful we are for your
                    help and support in this terrible time! The best thing
                    is to know, that we aren't alone.

        Looking at the above, and then looking at this "discussion", I have one word for all of you: regression.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      The Russian Internet has been under a very strong pressure to shut up from the political elite for a long time now

      Exactly. They are creating a nyet-net.

    • Maybe the admin likes Putin? I'm not sure how you relate from a private forum to the whole internet and politics debate.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by siddesu (698447)

        Not really, hence the emphasis on the first time I recall it happening. The removal of even mildly anti-government stuff began in the early 2000s, but it didn't end there. Later on quite a few sites in the .ru TLD were told first to remove anti-government discussions and news, then raided, then finally forced to move away from the runet altogether.

        There are reports that on many occasions the FSB (Federal Security Service) has requested that ISPs and sites provide information on users. Things have gotten pa

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The Russian Internet has been under a very strong pressure to shut up from the political elite for a long time now (I got banned from a forum for the first time for criticizing Hutin in 2004 or thereabouts), but this law is like opening the proverbial floodgate of abuse.

      Did Putin ban you personally on that forum, or was it someone from the Russian political elite?
      If not, that's hardly a good example of the oppression - forum bans because of the political squabbles happen in the USA all the time.

  • by slashmydots (2189826) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @12:23AM (#40599283)
    Maybe if they want to block all "dangerous" sites, they should block all the Russian sites.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @12:33AM (#40599321)

    # In this post:
    #
    # 1. Tor Discussion Forums (two hidden services)
    # 2. DNSCrypt - for Linux, Mac, and Windows (from opendns)

    # 1. Tor Discussion Forums (two hidden services)

    We need an official Tor discussion forum.

    I did not see this issue mentioned in Roger's *latest* notes post, so for now, mature adults should visit and post at one or both of these unofficial tor discussion forums, these tinyurls will take you to:

    ** HackBB:
    http://www.tinyurl.com/hackbbonion [tinyurl.com]

    ** Onion Forum 2.0
    http://www.tinyurl.com/onionforum2 [tinyurl.com]

    Each tinyurl link will take you to a hidden service discussion forum. Tor is required to visit these links, even though they appear to be on the open web, they will lead you to .onion sites.

    I know the Tor developers can do better, but how many years are we to wait?

    Caution: some topics may be disturbing. You should be eighteen years or older. I recommend you disable images in your browser when viewing these two forums[1] and only enabling them if you are posting a message, but still be careful! Disable javascript and cookies, too.

    If you prefer to visit the hidden services directly, bypassing the tinyurl service:

    HackBB: (directly)
    http://clsvtzwzdgzkjda7.onion/ [clsvtzwzdgzkjda7.onion]

    Onion Forum 2.0: (directly)
    http://65bgvta7yos3sce5.onion/ [65bgvta7yos3sce5.onion]

    The tinyurl links are provided as a simple means of memorizing the hidden services via a link shortening service (tinyurl.com).

    [1]: Because any content can be posted! Think 4chan, for example. onionforum2 does not appear to be heavily moderated so be aware and take precautions.

    ###

    # 2. DNSCrypt for Linux, Windows, Mac (from opendns.com)

    "In the same way the SSL turns HTTP web traffic into HTTPS encrypted Web traffic, DNSCrypt turns regular DNS traffic into encrypted DNS traffic that is secure from eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks. It does not require any changes to domain names or how they work, it simply provides a method for securely encrypting communication between our customers and our DNS servers in our data centers. We know that claims alone do not work in the security world, however, so we have opened up the source to our DNSCrypt code base and it is available on GitHub"

    https://www.opendns.com/technology/dnscrypt/ [opendns.com]

    - Download the right package for your Linux distribution:
    https://blog.opendns.com/2012/02/16/tales-from-the-dnscrypt-linux-rising/ [opendns.com]

    https://github.com/opendns/dnscrypt-proxy/blob/master/README.markdown [github.com]
    https://github.com/opendns [github.com]
    https://blog.opendns.com/2012/05/08/dnscrypt-for-windows-has-arrived/ [opendns.com]
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/05/dnscrypt-encrypts-your-dns-traffic-because-theres-always-someone-out-to-get-you/ [techcrunch.com]
    http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/DNSCrypt-a-tool-to-encrypt-all-DNS-traffic-1392283.html [h-online.com]
    http://blog.opendns.com/2012/02/06/dnscrypt-hackers-wanted/ [opendns.com]
    https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/debian-26/dnscrypt-930439/ [linuxquestions.org]

    ###

    eof

  • by Anonymous Coward

    You stop flying fighter aircraft with nukes across the West Coast where I live.

    I always support the Russian people, government not so much.

    • by iluvcapra (782887)

      WTF are you talking about?

      I always support the Russian people, government not so much.

      As someone with a degree in Russian studies, I can tell ya that Russians love semantic cop-outs.

    • You stop flying fighter aircraft with nukes across the West Coast where I live.

      As a Russian, I fully support that. Flying those aircraft is expensive and ultimately pointless (both they and their load is easy to intercept).

      Nuclear subs with ICBMs, now, are a whole different kettle of fish (how many do you think are close to West Coast right now?). ~

  • So pornography, drug ads, extremist thought (what is extreme?) and promoting suicide are all on the same footing?
    Well I guess no more coffee ads in Russia.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Get it right.

    You don't hate the Chinese, or Russians.

    It's the govt stupid!

    Connect the dots, the resultant map, can't be much different than the psychopaths in the USA

  • by torsmo (1301691) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @01:05AM (#40599481)
    ...and all I saw: "If you visit Russian Wikipedia today you will be forgiven for thinking". May I be blessed.
  • hmmm (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @01:30AM (#40599577)

    Add child to pornography, replace ads with sales, and promoting suicide with cyberbullying, and things sound eerily similar to what US lawmakers keep trying to push.

    • by Shalcker (989572)
      Russians are playing catch-up with American legal system! Just recently they passed their own version of FARA [wikipedia.org]; and it's "child pornography" in text of this new law already, not just any pornography.
  • Does that mean they'll blacklist all of my ideas?
  • To put it bluntly the people in power hate the internet and want to shut it down. They want to roll back the world to the mid 20th century when a very few large corporations had total control over production and dissemination of information.

    What the 99% need is a network that nobody controls. Freenet was a good idea but it is not usable by non-techies and it relies on existing infrastructure.

    We need a mesh network that bypasses the existing infrastructure and where anyone can set up a node using cheap com

  • Russian Minister Nikolay Nikiforov announced that discussion of this law in parliament will be postponed to the autumn. http://www.social-searcher.com/2012/07/10/russian-wiki-shuts-down-to-protest-internet-censorship-bill/ [social-searcher.com]

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