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Russian Wikipedia Shutters In Protest of Internet Blacklist Plans 84

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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  • Re:"shutters"? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Bill Currie ( 487 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @12:13AM (#40599247) Homepage

    Verbing nouns is something English speakers have been doing for a very long time.

  • by cheekyjohnson ( 1873388 ) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @12:51AM (#40599419)

    what is extreme?

    Along with "obscene," everything that the government doesn't like.

  • 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.

  • 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? [] []

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


                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...


    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.

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