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Anti-constitutional “experiments” with access to the internet

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On 30th January 2013 an “experiment on regulating access to the internet”, planned in the Kostromsky region, came to light. A certain group called “League for a Safe Internet” in conjunction with local providers is to conduct the experiment from February to April 2013.

29 of the region’s Internet providers must renew their contracts with users who will be granted, by default, access to a “clean internet”, that is, only to sites included in the “white list”, the Sova Centre reports.

According to the executive director of the League for a Safe Internet, Denis Davidov, at the beginning of the experiment the “white list” has been compiled by experts and contains approximately 500,000 websites. However, the owners of a website must enter their resource on the list having completed a feedback form about their website on the website of the League for a Safe Internet. After checks by experts, if a website does not contain illegal information, it will be added to the “white list”. It is intended that by the completion of the experiment, the number of websites making up this “clean internet” will rise to one million websites.

Experts view this experiment in an extremely negative light. For example, the executive director of the Foundation for Development of Internet Technologies and Infrastructure, Matvei Alekseev, believes that the League for a Safe Internet is taking upon itself the powers of the Federal Drug Control Agency, the Federal Consumer Agency and the Federal Communications Agency, who by law have the duty of determining the public danger of Internet content.

Internet activist, Pavel Rassudov, called the experiment with “white lists” censorship and pointed out that pre-publication moderation of Internet content is contrary to the constitutional right of free access to information.

Experts from the SOVA Centre remark that introduction of any elements of preliminary censorship do indeed conflict with the present constitution.