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Macedonian Government to Introduce Internet Filtering
Written by Filip Stojanovski On 18 March 2014 @ 23:34 pm | 1 Comment
In Eastern & Central Europe, Economics & Business, English, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Macedonia, Macedonian, Quick Reads, Technology
The plan will involve “disabling of betting/gambling online games on foreign web sites”. This blockade is set to last two years beginning in March 2014.
Citing benefits for “the [Macedonian] state and society”, blocking of the sites will be carried out by the Agency for Electronic Communications and the Ministry for Information Society.
Given the extremely poor record of the Macedonian government on media freedom  and previous unsuccessful attempts to legislate liability for Internet access providers  for content published via their services, it's not too difficult to imagine a more broad use of the blocking mechanism once it is set up.
At this point, raising concern about the proposed plan for blocking access to site is the least we can do. The communities from the Internet should rally again.
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URLs in this post:
 commented: http://novica.discindo.org/node/761
 new company: http://kurir.mk/en/2014/01/16/state-video-lottery-will-regulate-online-lottery-games/
 media freedom: http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/2013/macedonia
 legislate liability for Internet access providers: http://www.metamorphosis.org.mk/en/news/macedonia/2255-zakonot-za-navreda-i-kleveta-neprifatliv-za-makedonskata-internet-zaednica
 effect sometime in March: http://vlada.mk/?q=node/8129&language=mk
 Law on Games of Chance: http://sobranie.mk/ext/materialdetails.aspx?Id=f5cdea95-550d-47c6-9101-4c195b4073e5
 State Lottery: http://loto.mk
 lottery schemes: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-launches-fiscal-lottery
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