League of safe Internet again proposes to introduce pre-filtering Runet

    According to Vedomosti, the Safe Internet League (LBI) is again about to submit a proposal for pre-filtering the Russian Internet. This time, the LBI offers to block all sites that are not on the league’s whitelists. According to one of the sources of the publication, these issues will be discussed in more detail at the Safe Internet Forum in mid-May.

    Initially, the topic of filtering the Russian Internet was raised by Deputy Elena Mizulina, chairman of the committee on family, women and children. “Now, to cleanse the home Internet of everything that can harm a child, you need to do a number of manipulations: purchase software with parental control, dig into computer settings, install a filter, etc. It makes sense to turn the situation 180 degrees. Initially, to ensure the setting of “clean Internet” at the level of a telecom operator, providing for the ability for users to disable it. ”, Mizulina said in an interview with Izvestia.

    For those who wish to maintain unrestricted access to the Internet, she proposed additionally introducing special agreements with the telecom operator.

    Representatives of the LBI and the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov discussed this issue last Wednesday. At the meeting, Zharov was given the text of the corresponding bill, which, however, differs little from the previous one. According to the source of Vedomosti, the essence of the bill is for operators to create a “technical solution” for blocking sites from the black list. Following the meeting, it was decided to postpone the introduction of the bill and discuss its nuances with operators.

    “We understand that in a crisis, it will be quite difficult for operators to provide their networks with the equipment necessary for prefiltration, and we want to test the solution developed by him together with Roskomnadzor. We will need more time for this, ”the representative of the league explains.

    For the first time, the LBI outlined its proposal in a letter that was sent to Internet service providers back in October 2014. Operators reacted negatively, since filtering Runet in real time requires huge computational costs, as well as material costs for installing additional equipment.

    In December, the league prepared another version of the proposal - whitelisting filtering. “These are websites that are verified and contain only information permitted by Russian law,” said Denis Davydov, Executive Director of LBI.

    Dmitry Solodovnikov, a representative of MTS, believes that the proposed measures are poorly implemented and may adversely affect the development of the Internet in Russia. He fears that such proposals could be the second attempt to introduce a "tax on the Internet."

    “The proposed LBI solution is inefficient in technical terms, since semantic filtering algorithms can work only with text, but not with audio, video and photo content. In addition, such algorithms are not able to filter out encrypted data transfer protocols (HTTPS, VPN, or TOR), whose share in the operator’s traffic is growing rapidly, ”explains Solodovnikov.

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