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Moscow to protect students from internet porn

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Moscow City Hall is planning to equip the city’s universities and campuses with free Wi-Fi but warn that special filters would prevent students from visiting sites with adult content, playing online games or using torrents.

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Within the next three years the authorities want to launch free Wi-Fi in 143 campuses housing about 85,000 students, as well as all Moscow state-run institutes and universities. The program would cost 705 million rubles or about $20 million.

Internet access via the new network will be free and unlimited, but certain resources will be blocked by the state-sponsored providers.

The limitations will be imposed in line with the recently introduced Russian laws on information, on protection of children, and on countering extremism, a source in the Moscow Mayor’s office told mass circulation daily Izvestia. Free state-sponsored internet will have content filters blocking P2P protocols used by torrent sharing programs and protocols used in online games.

Also, providers will maintain a list of resources distributing the content that should not be allowed to those underage – this includes pornography, explicit language, promotion of forbidden drugs, violence and other things and actions that could be a threat to children’s lives or health, like advice on suicide. The data that "denies family values and justifies unlawful behavior" will be blocked as well.

The list will be regularly updated, the source emphasized.


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