‘Die-Fi’: Moscow Expanding Internet Access To Cemeteries

· Dec. 10, 2015, 3:45 pm

“The grave’s a fine and private place, but not when it’s in cyberspace” (with our apologies to English poet Andrew Marvell).

The city of Moscow says it is extending free Wi-Fi to cemeteries. It’s part of a campaign to make Internet access available in public spaces throughout the city.

The service has already earned the sobriquet “Die-Fi.”

Moscow users can already access the Internet for free in the city subway system, the Metro, public buses and many parks.

City officials say Moscow’s three main cemeteries will be wired up starting next year.

In a statement, they say the service will attract more visitors to city’s historic burial grounds, where presumably, visitors will be able to look up biographical information of famous people interred there.

The extension of Wi-Fi access in the Russian capital comes as the Kremlin places tighter limits on the Internet itself.

Laws passed last year allow authorities to ban online content that’s considered to be “extremist,” and popular bloggers are required to register as media organizations.

Some opposition web sites have been blocked altogether.

By next year, though, you should be able to access all officially approved sites from the family plot.

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