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What's going on in Russia?

  • Well, Autumn... Sometimes Putin (not a president).

    Speaking of Poo-tin, I received a link on Facebook yesterday,
    like this non-president was going to get messing with Twitters and Facebooks in the way that he wants them to get registered on Russia's territory.
    Well, sapienti already sat, but it matters that such global international Web communities, services are a great, outstanding ground for all dissent to discuss and share freely and... They kremlyads call it "information organisers" and feel it dangerous. Potentially.
    So- these little sites would have to either comply: register - and of course share information with KGBs and shit like allow for KGB loopholes, or else the registration might be revoked; or - guess what? ISPs are local, right? << >> "Western China", huh? :devil:

  • Over thisaway, the NSA and their fiends-- whoops, I mean friends-- have been trying to hide the fact that they're doing the same stuff here. Some of it is nonsensical anyway-- Google, Facebook, Twitter and all the rest of them have been hooverizing your data for years, so the idea that anything you have on the 'Net is unknown to "the powers that be" is at best a fairy tale.

    I just read an article that says the DEA can capture photos from your cell phone and use them to put up a false Facebook page. In your name. With your personal information. The only thing not yours is-- you didn't authorize it.

  • I don't care if (your)NSA watched me 😛
    As for maybe your concerns, if somebody wanted to watch you - there are ways beside the Internet 😛

  • there are ways beside the Internet

    Binoculars or telescope ?.

  • 🐛 s.

  • Spiders ?, Very scary. :S

  • They say we're going back to normal zonal time (actually clocks' show-up), and on Drive 105 this obviously Scottish Londonderry presenter said we ain't gonna crack onto any DST any more.
    THAT's the news...

  • Oppositionist Boris Nemtzov killed in Moscow.

  • You mean, murdered.

  • Isn't it remarkable how the critics and opponents of the current leadership are suddenly and violently evaporating, one after another? Perhaps these are just more modern tactical echoes of the Bolshevik years... in which case, be afraid - be very afraid, if you're a modern-day Solzhenitsyn.

  • Tragically critics and opponents haven't suddenly being violently evaporating, neither have independent journalists, and that's not to mention how many of Putin's early 'friends' aren't around anymore. And just to cheer us all up there seems to be no shortage of gleeful nationalists and flag wavers in support. God save us from nationalists, no matter which country they inhabit.

  • A special organisation for f**ng up media has reportedly started blocking sites/parts of them.
    A pal in a forum shared a link where some extensions listed.
    What do you think of them?
    ZenMate (Chrome)

    Hola (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Android)

    FriGate (Chrome, Firefox)

    Stealthy (Chrome, Firefox)

    Anonymox (Firefox)

    Data Compression Proxy (Chrome)</blockquote>

  • VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

    • 13 Jul 2016 at 03:01, Richard Chirgwin *

    VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) says its servers have been seized by the Russian government, so has quit the country in protest at its privacy laws.

    The company has sent an e-mail to users claiming some of its servers have been seized, even though the enforcement regime – in which all Internet traffic has to be logged for a year – doesn't come into effect until September 2016.

    A paying user has forwarded the company's e-mail to The Register, which we reproduce at the bottom of this story. The customer also told us the Russian gateways disappeared automatically from “older versions of the PIA client” in the last week.

    Russia has been progressively cracking down on Internet services with a particular focus on encryption, and in June laws landed in the Duma that would also outlaw apps like Messenger and WhatsApp.

    The crackdown already demands registration of any blog, publisher or social network site with more than 3,000 readers, and requires them to store data on Russian soil.</blockquote>

    In the email, they've stated that
    “Upon learning of the above, we immediately discontinued our Russian gateways and will no longer be doing business in the region.” :rip:

  • Hmm. Thought for the day: Iron curtains usually start out as chain-link fences. Taking away citizens' rights to encryption is tantamount to erecting a chain link fence.