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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Bill 74 has passed almost without notice the casino industry being the notable exception and will see the government agency in charge of lotteries in the province, Loto-Québec, draw up a list of online gambling sites that they will then send to ISPs.

Incredibly, the ban does not apply to all gambling sites – just those that Loto-Québec doesn't like – and legislators were quite open about the fact that a goal of the law is to increase revenue to the local, officially approved gambling service Espacejeux.

Officially the idea behind the law is to protect the citizens of Quebec – "especially young people" – from sites that do not promote "responsible gaming rules."

Another legal argument to be put forward is that the law attempts to usurp federal telecommunications law.

The passage of the law was recently raised in the House of Commons of Canada, with one minister pointing out that such a law would violate the country's net neutrality position.

Despite Quebec's size and importance, its government is not the most Net-savvy or even consistent.

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