Russian parliament approves controversial internet law

The state duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Tuesday approved a controversial new law that Moscow more control should give about the internet in Russia.

The purpose of the law is to make all Russian internet traffic through nodes to send by the authorities to be managed. The bill should also provide for the possibility that the source of internet traffic become obsolete, also, prohibited content may be blocked.

In addition, the country should own a domain name system (DNS, the protocol by which web addresses are linked to their corresponding IP addresses). Thus, the internet must continue to work if Russia is cut off from the international internetstructuur.

The Russian opposition and human rights activists in the country have against the law pronounced. They fear that freedom of expression is compromised.

The Russian telecomautoriteit tried a year ago to the im service Telegram block, after the service refused to give access to the instant messaging users. The blokkeerpoging failed, which Telegram in Russia, still in use.

Before the law came into force, must still be approved by the Federatieraad, the house of lords in the Russian congress. Then also the Russian president Vladimir Putin to agree.

Is expected to act on 1 november in effect.

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