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article imageRussia tightens Wi-Fi laws, public denounces their actions

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 11, 2014 in Internet
Russian government officials have begun enforcing a previously approved law which requires citizens to use ID when signing into public Wi-Fi. Citizens and journalists have responded by criticizing their actions.
Last Friday the government started enforcing this policy in the country. Unless users are willing to supply ID information authorities can use to track them they are not allowed access to public Wi-Fi. Voices all over the world are speaking up about what they see as censorship.
Organizations all over the world have password protected their own Wi-Fi stations, you may do so in your area as well. However by definition for a network to truly be "public" everyone should use it equally. Hackers often use these to give themselves protection from prosecution, as the owner of the network takes the blame. Techniques for this have been studied thoroughly so we know it goes on.
Media authorities have documented the unrest but are not listing sources on who is actually upset. Names such as the International Business times believe this may have something to do with the Russian crackdown on social media and press.
Officials including Putin claim that these steps are necessary to cut down on propaganda and protect citizens. Russia acts as a shelter for cyber-criminals since they are usually only prosecuted if they attack internal targets. While the crime is real many question whether this is an excuse for Putin to silence critics.
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