Russia will create a national Internet filtering system
Russia will create a national Internet filtering system

Russia will create a national Internet filtering system

Russia will create a national Internet filtering system A few years later, by 2020, the National System for Filtering Internet Traffic (NASFIT) should appear and start working in Russia. The main task that rests with the newly formed traffic control system is to protect children from unwanted information on the Internet that is negative and poses a danger to the emerging personality. According to Izvestia correspondents, the creation of Nasfit is provided for in the Digital Economy program approved on July 31. The general concept, architecture and prototype of the new National System should be developed in the first quarter of 2019 and put into operation in the first months of 2020. The idea of creating conditions for the safe use of the Internet by children was promoted by Senator Mizulina and the Safe Internet League. Director of the LBI Denis Davydov said that after the implementation of NaSFIT, underage users will be able to use information only from the approved verified \The concept of content filtering is currently being developed in two directions. The first provides for traffic restriction only in educational institutions, and according to the second option – visiting sites will be limited for all users. With the global restriction of traffic in order to gain access to sites that are not in the “white list”, the user will have to write a statement to his provider or arrange access in the personal account of the telecom operator. As noted by the head of the LBI, for the work of the created “white lists” to work efficiently all structures associated with the spread of the Internet, and, first of all, operators of Internet networks, which should independently identify and restrict content prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation. Therefore, according to Davydov, it is important to use the economic levers provided for in the bill on fines for the administration of networks that do not restrict access to prohibited content. The Internet community has mixed news about the emergence of a traffic filtering system. Thus, Igor Ashmanov, the head of Ashmanov and Partners, who participated in the creation of the Digital Economy program, noted that the draft program submitted to the Government of the Russian Federation from the Ministry of Communications did not contain a clause on the creation of a National Internet traffic filtering system and, most likely, was added later. The very idea of creating restrictive “white lists” is assessed by Ashmanov as unviable. The head of TMT Consulting Konstantin Ankilov, criticizing the idea of creating NaSFIT, compared it with the similar system of restricting free access that exists in the DPRK: “A large number of sites appear in the world every day. And that every site needs to prove that it is good and does not violate the law? This initiative violates the presumption of innocence. This is a soft version of the North Korean model. \Julia enthusiastically spoke about the idea of restricting children’s access to dangerous content and emphasized that her company has been actively working in this direction for many years.

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