Kostroma Region “Clean Internet” Launch


The «Clean Internet» project developed by the Safe Internet League and tested earlier in the Kostroma region has been commissioned there into full service. Stemming from the Cooperation agreement signed by the League and the local administration in October 2012, the project enables Internet users in the Kostroma region to filter out pornography, promotion of illegal drugs and suicide, gambling, scenes of violence and cruelty, and obscene language, thanks to the free filter developed by the League.

To recall, last year the Safe Internet League began deploying its nationwide «Parental Control» project (more often referred to as «A Clean Internet»). In its essence it was providing Russian families with free provider-level online parental control service. Kostroma was the first region to join the project, providing a test case for its efficiency. The local Kostroma municipal telecommunications company with its 70% of market share (more than 50 000 users) was chosen as its partner operator.

Its users were offered a free Internet filtering option they could opt in to by ticking the relevant checkbox in their online accounts. Developed by the Safe Internet League, the filter is 98% effective in «cleaning» the Internet from illegal content: pornography, scenes of violence and cruelty, promotion of illegal drug use and information on where to purchase illegal drugs, online gambling, information on destructive sects, and obscene language. The software solution offers filtering, that is blocking the dangerous content, on a per-page basis.

«We have purposefully let the project have a whole year’s test run, so that there would be enough time to install the hardware, test it at peak traffic hours, ensure the possibility of a failure is minimal. It proved the filter is working. The system is now officially put into full-scale operation, and all of our partner’s users are offered to opt in into this „Parental Control“ option», explained Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov. «By the end of 2013 we will have the first data on how many households opted in, and would be able to assess the level of demand for the service. But even now, after the year of testing, we can already say that more people are opting in than we could have expected».