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New regulations for the Internet in Belarus

Short text, part of the Deep Europe reader (1997).

Date: Thu, 30 May 1996 15:58:49 -0700
From: Alexei Shulgin
Organization: Moscow WWWArt Centre
May 23, 1996

New regulations for the Internet in Belarus

The President administration has issued a special instruction, obliging all Internet users in the country to register at a police. Everyone who has an e-mail account in a state or non-state net division must register at [...]. According to official version, these regulations are related to "struggle against anti-state information and suppression of anti-people provocations". The registration term is set up in 30 days. The trespassers will be seriously punished, though the text of the instruction contains no details on it. According to top administration authorities, this new instruction will contribute to "the healthy development of the information [...]"

PC World Belarus magazine, #2, 1996

Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 14:00:25 +0100
From: "Igor A. Tavgen"
Subject: (Fwd) Bialorus

Dear colleagues,

Thank you very much for your interest in Belarus and in particular Internet in Belarus. I made a request to our two organizations which are responsible for regulating Internet users in Belarus: the Deputy Director of the Belarusian Security Council's State Information Security Center (The Presidential administration department) and the Head of Computer Sciences department of the Belarusian Ministry of Communications replied that the report in PC World Belarus Magazine #2, !996 about "the Presidential administration's special instruction obliging all Internet users..." is not true. The editor-in chief of PC World Belarus Magazine told me by phone that it was a joke because this issue of the magazine was for April 1, and made excuses for the poor April Fool's joke.

Sincerely yours

Igor Tavgen

Networking Program Coordinator

Belarusian Soros Foundation

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