Doug Bedell — May 7, 2019, 7:09 am

Russia Moving Toward an ‘Internal Internet’

Russia is moving in the direction of creating its own, independent internet, much as China has, CNN reports. Russian President Vladmir Putin has signed a law creating a “‘sustainable, secure and fully functioning’ local internet,” to take effect in November, according to a report from the state news agency RIA-Novosti.

“The law calls for the creation of a monitoring and a management center supervised by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecoms agency. The state agency will be charged with ensuring the availability of communication services in Russia in extraordinary situations. During such situations, it would also be empowered to cut off external traffic exchange, creating a purely Russian web.”

It all sounds like another pending blow to global security rather than maintaining open communication in the interests of international understanding and cooperation.

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