Aside: The Great Firewall of Russia

It’s a shame that the Russian “consumer watchdog” Rospotrebnadzor, the Ministry of Justice, and the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (or Roskomnadzor) were “smart” enough to block access to over 20 million blogs hosted on WordPress.com because three of them contained suicide, drugs, and terrorism related content, which apparently has to be censored in Russia.

Looks like somebody’s building the Great Firewall of Russia. I hoped we were better than that. Oh well…

6 thoughts on “Aside: The Great Firewall of Russia

  1. In my country, Pakistan, we do not have access to youtube for many months now. Governments will always try to control the internet. It is up to us to not let this happen.

    • Yeah, it’s blocked at the ISP level, some of them block by IP, others were smart enough to block by the subdomains. In any case, it hasn’t really affected my work, since I proxy my way through anyway.

  2. Know that feeling, between Georgian-Russian war (2008) our government blocked all the Russian sites.

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