Russia’s internet-filtering law goes into effect, clears the way for nationwide surveillance

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When Russia’s controversial new internet-filtering bill was passed in July, the removal of vague references to “harmful information” seemed at least to limit the scope of the new blacklist. Although described as “troubling and dangerous” by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the bill’s language at least focused on websites that feature child pornography, or information about drugs or suicide. Well, the new law goes into effect today, and according to a joint investigation posted on Wired, it both gives the authorities a back door to block the sites of political rivals, and clears the way for nationwide surveillance of internet communications with deep packet inspection, or DPI. The technology looks at the content of the individual data…

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