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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a controversial "_internet censorship law_" – now referred to as the "_bloggers law_" – which promises to give that government detailed "_control over what is published online_, "according to the New York Times report and an article published on the Web Host Industry Review website. The article indicates that this legislation, which will be officially effective on August 1st, 2014, "_will require popular bloggers to register with the government_" and not "_remain anonymous_" as in the past.

According to the article, the new law, signed by Putin on May 5th, will hold fines of "up to $142,000_" over the heads of those who violate its restrictions. The report also states that "_any site with 3,000 visitors per day as a media outlet that is required to publish accurate information_" – which is a requirement defined by the Russian government and could include "_information critical of authorities or public figures\, "as confirmed by the_ article. In addition, the article notes that web hosting companies may be required to surrender "_information on popular bloggers at the government's request" and "search engines and social networks must hold on to computer records (on Russian soil) of everything posted over the previous six months."

According to the article, China, Turkey, and the country of Pakistan are other governments that have launched restrictions and "laws around online censorship_" in the recent past. According to the article, the Russians have established different laws of this flavor over the past year that allowed their government authorities to block "_online news sites that reported on political demonstrations_" and access to websites marked as "_inappropriate to children\, "according to the_ article. Viktor V. Yerofeyev, a popular Russian writer, was quoted in the New York Times article to say, "_We feel like we are back in kindergarten again when they said, 'Don't pee in your bed and don't eat with your hands and don't use that word'…On the one hand, the Russian government says the Russian people are the best. On the other hand, it doesn't trust the people."

Read much more about this new law and what is predicted to be the aftermath in the full articles at both the Web Host Industry Review website and online at the New York Times.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  May 8, 2014

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