[Russia] a sovereign internetFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 06 2019 03:52:31
Title: Vladimir Putin Wants His Own Internet
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:11:00 -0500
A bill that's progressing through Russia's legislature could grant local
authorities deeper control over internet access. The so-called "Sovereign
Internet" bill seeks to set up a centralized hub officials can use to manage
the flow of information in the nation. From a report: Putin is touting the
initiative as a defensive response to the Trump Administration's new cyber
strategy, which permits offensive measures against Russia and other designated
adversaries. But industry insiders, security experts and even senior officials
say political upheaval is the bigger concern. "This law isn't about foreign
threats, or banning Facebook and Google, which Russia can already do legally,"
said Andrei Soldatov, author of "The Red Web: The Kremlin's Wars on the
Internet" and co-founder of Agentura.ru, a site that tracks the security
services. "It's about being able to cut off certain types of traffic in certain
areas during times of civil unrest."
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