Russia Successfully Tests Its Unplugged Internet

TheĀ Russian government says that it has tested its country worldwide alternative to the global internet.

But for now, details of what the test involved are vague. However, the ordinary user did not notice any changes. The details will now be presented to President Putin.

Sadly, the Russian direction of travel is just another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet,

said Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey.

Increasingly, authoritarian countries which want to control what citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done.

That would effectively get ISPs and telcos to configure the internet within their borders as a gigantic intranet, just like a large corporation does,

explained Prof Woodward.

How would this work?

However, it is not vague that how will this gonna work but according to Prof. Woodward,

The idea is that the internet within Russia would interconnect with the rest of the world only at a few specific points over which the government could exercise control,

said Prof Woodward.

The Russian government has also been into these technical challenges in the past when they were trying to control their users from accessing the Telegram app which uses end-to-end encryption.

How this Domestic internet will work?

However, creating their own internet does not mean that they are disconnecting from the main internet. The main source through which countries receive foreign internet is through underwater cables through which data is being transmitted from one country to another country. This would be regulated or controlled.

The more the network and connections more the difficult it would be to control it. One benefit of this turning all internet to the hands of the government that Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) will not work.

Another example is the Great Firewall of China. It is the combination of legislative actions and technologies enforced by the People’s Republic of China to regulate the Internet domestically.

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