In December, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced plans
to tighten restrictions on the Internet, further extending the government’s already draconian control over online media. Reporters Without Borders has some new details
about the Internet regulation. The new bill would require registration and governmental approval of all online publications and websites, which would be monitored by an executive office. The bill also requires identification and registration of all users, whether they are accessing the Internet at home or in Internet cafes.
Going further, the bill would impose requirements on ISPs to monitor and record information about Internet users and report such information to law enforcement and government officials.
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