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Tech companies continue protests after Russia adopts online 'censorship' bill

Even though the bill was adopted, protest initiator Wikipedia is mildly positive problems can be resolved

The story "Tech companies continue protests after Russia adopts online 'censorship' bill," posted July 12, misidentified one of the organizations authorized to censor Internet content in the last sentence of the seventh paragraph.

The organization is Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications.

The story has been corrected on the wire and the seventh paragraph now reads:

Even though the bill was passed by the State Duma, several significant amendments were introduced the night before the vote, Medeyko said. The definition of illegal content became much clearer, and the list of authorities who may decide which sites can be blacklisted became shorter, he said. The FSB, Russia's successor of the KGB, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, were excluded from the list, he said. According to the latest draft of the law, Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications will be able to blacklist parts of Russia's Internet, said Medeyko.


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