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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Russia banned Wikipedia on Monday, following through on threats to block the world's biggest encyclopedia due to a page about cannabis that Russia censors deemed illegal.

    Roskomnadzor, the Russian censors responsible for surveilling and policing the Internet, pulled the trigger on the ban after demanding Wikipedia remove the page for charas, a form of hashish cannabis. The authorities complained that the Wikipedia page gave explicit instructions on how to make the product.

    The distribution of drug-related information has been prohibited since at least June 25, according to Roskomnadzor. Roskomnadzor is incapable of blocking individual Wikipedia pages because the site uses the HTTPS protocol to enable secure communications. Instead, they have to ban the entire site.

    Wikipedia declined to comply with Roskomnadzor's demands.

    The Russian government has long been vocally critical of Wikipedia. Last year, the Russian Presidential Library called Wikipedia unreliable and undetailed when it comes to Russian-related information, and it announced plans to build its own alternative.

    A similar incident took place earlier this month when Russia briefly banned Reddit due to a post about psychedelic mushrooms.

    By Patrick Howell O'Neill - The Daily Dot/Aug. 24, 2015
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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: Russians Ban, Then Un-bans, Wikipedia Over Drug-Related Articles

    [IMGR=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=45731&stc=1&d=1440518381[/IMGR]Russian censors this week briefly ordered Internet Service Providers to restrict access to Wikipedia due to an entry on charas, a type of cannabis. The online encyclopedia was officially added to the Kremlin’s blacklist on Monday and was removed within hours.

    Roskomnadzor, the government’s online watchdog group, threatened last week to add the offending article to its blacklist because it contained content deemed unlawful by a Russian court. But because Wikipedia uses the secure https protocol to encrypt traffic, select filtering is cumbersome for ISPs, and Roskomnadzor warned “the entire website would be blocked.”

    The ban was officially put in place on Monday, and Wikipedia visitors in Russia reported being unable to access the site on Tuesday morning. It marks the first time that Kremlin censors have outright banned content hosted on the site.

    “Censorship of Wikipedia content runs contrary to the Wikimedia vision: a world in which everyone can freely access the sum of all knowledge,” Wikimedia, the nonprofit that hosts the website, said in a statement.

    Stanislav Kozlovsky, the head of the Russian chapter of the organization, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that he had received a notice from Roskomnadzor indicating that the ban had been removed but wasn’t told why.

    The Russian government had threatened weeks earlier to block access to all of YouTube because of unlawful content but ultimately balked when the videos were removed. This month, Roskomnadzor briefly ordered ISPs to add Reddit to its nationwide blacklist because of a single, two-year-old post concerning hallucinogenic mushrooms.

    Beginning Sept. 1, major Internet companies with users in Russia will be required to store their data within the country. Sites including Facebook and Twitter will be expected to comply, but Roskomnadzor said it will not immediately enforce the rules with the social networking giants.

    By Andrew Blake - The Washington Post/Aug.25, 2015
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