As you likely know, Russia has started to really tighten the reins when it comes to how much internet access that their people have. This is especially true when it comes to the world of blogging. One of the most recent laws is referred to as the “blogger law.” This law basically says that, if a blog has more than 3,000 people who read it on a daily basis, then the Russian government is going to start to keep a closer eye on the blog in order to make sure that they aren’t saying anything bad about the Russian government. They have to register with the government and follow the same laws that journalists do. Yikes, right?
Websites Bail Out
That’s why dozens of websites from all over the world have made it clear that they don’t want anything to do with what Russia’s trying to pull on people. We are in a world that is looking for journalistic integrity. That’s part of the reason we turned to blogs in the first place, really. We wanted to get the news and opinions of people who were not under some sort of entity, and basically, Russia is taking that freedom away from those people.
So this is what Intel did with their developer blogs. You can’t even write your blog in Russian – you have to publish in English. If you are keeping a developer blog and you’re Russian, you have to have it on a server that’s not in Russia. Basically, you can’t have your blog affiliated with Russia in any way, because that’s something that Intel wants to stay out of, even if they’re just talking about simple developer blogs.
Will this trend continue? Likely. As Russia’s laws continue to become more and more stringent, more companies will likely pull their blogging out of those countries, thus making it more difficult for Russia to continue to try and monitor everything. It causes issues for those in Russia, however, because it means that their free speech is going to become more and more restricted over time as well. It’s a hard thing to watch, but when countries like Russia use their power to boss around and intimidate the people who live there, there’s not a lot that we can do in response. How do you feel about Russia’s laws, and what other companies are going to pull out of there as this continues?