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Internet Should Be Free but Regulated — Medvedev
RIA Novosti - 7.11.12 - JRL 2012-125

MOSCOW, July 11 (RIA Novosti) - The Internet should be free, but also operate on a set of rules that the global community has yet to work out, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

File Photo of Dmitry Medvedev with Laptop at Desk, With Hand to Chin
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Medvedev, a noted Internet enthusiast, was referring to a bill to create a unified blacklist of Internet websites, currently being considered by the State Duma.

Critics have said the bill could bring about a system of online censorship not unlike the "Great Chinese Firewall." The Russian Wikipedia staged a one-day protest against the bill, shutting down its operations on Tuesday.

The ruling United Russia, which penned the bill, insists it is aimed solely at protecting children from online pedophiles and harmful content. Protests have prompted legislators to impose very strict criteria on the inclusion of websites on the blacklist in an attempt to rule out political censorship.

Both the right of freedom of information and of protection from harmful content should be upheld online, Medvedev said in Moscow at a meeting of United Russia, which he heads.

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MOSCOW, July 11 (RIA Novosti) - The Internet should be free, but also operate on a set of rules that the global community has yet to work out, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

File Photo of Dmitry Medvedev with Laptop at Desk, With Hand to Chin
file photo
Medvedev, a noted Internet enthusiast, was referring to a bill to create a unified blacklist of Internet websites, currently being considered by the State Duma.

Critics have said the bill could bring about a system of online censorship not unlike the "Great Chinese Firewall." The Russian Wikipedia staged a one-day protest against the bill, shutting down its operations on Tuesday.

The ruling United Russia, which penned the bill, insists it is aimed solely at protecting children from online pedophiles and harmful content. Protests have prompted legislators to impose very strict criteria on the inclusion of websites on the blacklist in an attempt to rule out political censorship.

Both the right of freedom of information and of protection from harmful content should be upheld online, Medvedev said in Moscow at a meeting of United Russia, which he heads.


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