Government

  • A 29 May 2013

    Putin approves, experts criticise new anti-piracy plan

    Putin approves, experts criticise new anti-piracy plan

    Vladimir Medinsky, head of Russia's Cultural Ministrey, has met with Vladimir Putin to present him with an anti-piracy plan devised by his office. Experts say the initiative lacks clarity, at the very least, while Internet freedom activists think suggested measures are pointless.

  • N 19 April 2013

    Government to fund broadband Internet in provincial Russia

    Government to fund broadband Internet in provincial Russia

    Russia's Ministry for Communications will help fund creation of broadband networks in distant parts of the country's provinces. The announcement was made by the Ministry's head Nikolay Nikiforov at the opening RIF+KIB conference on Wednesday.

  • N 10 April 2013

    Internet development hindered by "half of Russian laws" - experts

    Internet development hindered by "half of Russian laws" - experts

    Almost half of all Russian laws that regulate the work of the Internet endanger its further development, experts at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC) have stated. According to RBC daily, the experts are particularly concerned with the recent laws that provide for blocking sites with illegal content.

  • N 9 April 2013

    Lawmakers want to block sites for 'homosexual propaganda'

    Lawmakers want to block sites for 'homosexual propaganda'

    As Russia's parliament is debating a law banning "propaganda of homosexuality among children" some lawmakers have come forward with an amendment that would allow the authorities to shut down websites caught spreading such 'propaganda' without a court's decision. "No adult must impose their sexual preferences to a person under 18 years of age. Propaganda of homosexuality must be classified as information, inappropriate for children", said Elena Mizulina, head of Family, Women and Children Affairs committee of the State Duma.

  • N 4 April 2013

    Online payments for public services expected to soar in Moscow

    Online payments for public services expected to soar in Moscow

    Moscow authorities expect that in 2013, there will be a breakthrough growth of online payments for services provided by public institutions. According to the city's Information Technology Department, a few thousand more nursery schools, music and sports schools and other similar public institutions will join the online payment system.

  • N 26 March 2013

    Popular web portals to help Muscovites arrange meeting doctors

    Popular web portals to help Muscovites arrange meeting doctors

    The city of Moscow's Department for Information Technology wants to offer Muscovites an option to arrange seeing their physician or another doctor online. According to the department's press service, official letters have been sent to three most popular web portals: Mail.Ru, Yandex and Rambler, offering them to work together on the project.

  • N 26 March 2013

    Emergency ministry develops mobile rescue app

    Emergency ministry develops mobile rescue app

    Russian Emergency Ministry has completed developing its official mobile application. Dubbed 'Mobile Rescue', the app lets users call the police or other emergency service and notify their family by a push of a single button. Mobile Rescue is available in Google play and AppStore.

  • N 13 March 2013

    Google 'unaware' of government plan to scrutinise Gmail

    Google 'unaware' of government plan to scrutinise Gmail

    The Federal Antinonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) is going to check Google's Gmail for signs of unfair competition. The news leaked to the media Tuesday, and was later confirmed by FAS via its official Twitter account. "Google's robot reads users' letter to offer them targeted contextual ads. We'll check Google", the tweet said.

  • N 28 February 2013

    Minister says all smartphones to support GLONASS soon

    Minister says all smartphones to support GLONASS soon

    GLONASS, a global satellite navigation system developed in Russia, will soon be available to all smartphone users around the world. Speaking at Mobile World Forum in Barcelona, Russia's communications minister Nikolay Nikiforov said mobile chipset manufacturers have agreed to include GLONASS support already this year.

  • N 12 February 2013

    YouTube sues Russian consumer rights authority

    YouTube LLC has filed a suit against Russia's Federal service on customers' rights protection and human well-being surveillance, more often referred to as Rospotrebnadzor. The lawsuit was registered by Moscow's Arbitrary Court. Google's Russian office said it wanted to challenge Rospotrebnadzor's decision to classify one of the videos hosted on YouTube as harmful for children, and to add it to the 'black list' of banned websites.