The initiators and supporters of the adoption of “dictatorial” bill No. 6688 does not leave hope to somehow pull it through the session hall
The story of the controversial bill aimed at imposing a total censorship in the Ukrainian segment of the Internet, did not end on that July 5, the people’s deputies refused to include it in the consideration in the agenda of the plenary meeting. At the moment there are at least two ways to breathe in the bill is a “third” life.
“The great Ukrainian firewall”
Let us briefly recall what it was. A year ago, on 12 July 2017 the team’s composition vinnika (Block Petro Poroshenko), Tatiana Chornovol and Dmytro Tymchuk (both “people’s front”) registered a draft law “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding counteraction to threats to national security in the information sphere” (the bill proposes to amend 10 laws and codes of Ukraine).
Parliamentary sources called a true mastermind of the bill Sergey Pashinsky, another representative of the “people’s front”. Pashinsky himself a sponsor was not mentioned, it was enough that the Verkhovna Rada Committee on national security and defence which he chaired, selected the main profile in the consideration of the bill.
Attempt to include the bill number 6688 in the agenda of the first attempt failed. 13 July 2017 this proposal was supported by 158 deputies, and then forget about the project for almost a year, when re-attempt to consider a legislative initiative turned into a grandiose scandal involving the media, the industry of Internet and IT-associations and international organizations. The bill is openly likened to a “dictatorial laws” 16 of January 2014, and the comparisons were clearly not in favor of the initiative winnick, Chornovol and Tymchuk. Here it is valid: “When Yanukovych was not like this”.
So what are the stories trying to introduce the authors of the bill, under the guise of the need to protect the Internet space of Ukraine from the cyberterrorists and ciberdelicuentes?
1. Allow extrajudicial blocking of websites for up to 48 hours by decision of a Prosecutor or investigator.
2. To legitimize the extremely vague wording of “technological terrorism”. Under the bill, this definition can get ANY criticism of the authorities, local governments, officials of these bodies, associations of citizens and legal entities.
3. Almost completely destroy the anonymity of the Internet due to the mandatory installation providers (at their own expense!) of special technical means (DPI) to monitor Internet traffic. DPI will monitor everything that users do, and can block. According to experts, this practice is refused even in Russia, Belarus, China and Kazakhstan.
3A. The first side effect – rise in price of services of access to Internet (the provider will shift their costs for installing DPI on consumers) and reducing the speed of data transfer.
3b. The other side effect of corruption: purchase of DPI solutions with almost 100% likely to be realized from the Israeli company Allot (talking openly about it, experts and representatives of IT-business).
3b. Third — monopolization of the market, squeezing him with small and medium players who cannot afford the expensive hardware and software.
4. To create in Ukraine an analogue of the notorious Roskomnadzor: a single register of sites to be blocked, which will lead the national Commission on state regulation in the sphere of communication and Informatization.
Attempt number two and a half?
21 June 2018, only the third attempt bill No. 6688 still included in the agenda of the session. Voted 238 people’s deputies. 4 July “defense Committee” under the leadership Pashinsky unanimously recommended the adoption in the first reading.
The fish will bite hoo!
Mix it with your bait and…
The representatives of the media and business communities literally stood up on its hind legs. Weighty word said the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir (“This threatens free access to information on the Internet”).
Counterarguments of supporters of the introduction of Internet censorship was weak and was limited to the allegations in style: “Who is against the agent of Putin.”
July 5, attempt to consider the bill in the audience failed: consideration (even adoption!) was supported by 158 deputies: in addition to the incomplete compositions of the BPP, National front and radical Lyashko voted virtually no.
the considerable part of deputies itself is the owners of Internet resources;
— the adoption of this law will put all support him on a level with the Party of regions since the “dictatorial laws” (if not worse);
parliamentarians it is obvious that for all the hype about cybersecurity hides the banal pre-election PR authors of the controversial bill.
It would seem a dangerous idea buried? As it is not so! Monday, July 9, at the end of the conciliation Council, the speaker of the Parliament Andrei Parubiy stated that the new plenary week MPs will consider bills which have not come last. In particular, he mentioned the ill-fated No. 6688.
Not 10, not 11 July “dictatorial law” in the agenda did not appear that, knowing the specifics of the Verkhovna Rada, does not exclude that he can’t “suddenly” float on Thursday, the 12th.
But even if the bill is not expected to hold through the hall “impudence” or trickery, the authors recall him not going and have already prepared a backup plan.
So Ivan Vinnik said that bill No. 6688 will be finalized by the relevant Committee (read: under the guidance Pashinsky) taking into account the views of “experts of the OSCE, the specialists of the European Advisory mission, which works in Ukraine, the U.S. Embassy and necessarily experts of NATO.”
A calming statement? As it is not so, because then winnick says the following: “We understand that the draft is not perfect. Key areas of improvements will definitely be made at the initiative of the developers, even without relevant suggestions from anybody else, because we have studied a very large amount of information.”
Available language: all changes in the bill will offer themselves winnick, Tymchuk and Chornovol, which “will take into account the opinions”, the rest, please do not worry.
Another interesting point: winnick can’t explain how hard his bill enters the agenda, even after the failed vote on its inclusion for consideration.
“In fact, this project is included in the agenda. But I, as the Rapporteur of this draft say what you said — first, we will modify the text in the Committee, we will publish it, will do balanced to one side to protect the national interests from criminal propaganda, on the other — to observe the basic tenets of freedom of speech, human rights, etc.,” he said.
Simply put, the supporters of extra-judicial blocking of sites is necessary to achieve the legitimation of the bill through its consideration in the first reading. Let it be a failure – it is important that No. 6688 just returned for revision in Committee. And in Committee, under the leadership Pashinsky know what to do.
According to estimates Tymchuk, a new attempt to consider the bill No. 6688, most likely, will take place in autumn.
Not only Internet censorship
Reverent attitude to the “soldiers” to the media manifested itself not only in the desire to block Internet sites at the request of any Prosecutor or sbushnika. On the eve of the no less scandalous initiative was noted and the parliamentary Committee on rules and organization of work of the Verkhovna Rada under the leadership of another member of the NF – Pavel Pynzenyk.
Thus, the Committee recommended to deny journalists access into the corridors on the first and second floors are Happy, put them in a “ghetto” in the third specially created this “press center”.
It is clear that when implementing this idea on a full parliamentary journalism can forget: the media will only communicate official speakers of the factions, “talking heads” that not a day does not disappear from TV screens. And the format of communication will be reduced to the briefings.