The Russian government plans to launch its own Internet
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to separate Russia from the World Wide Web (www).
This was according to a report from the Russian news agency TASS on Wednesday. The news highlighted: “Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law to ensure the stable operation of the Russian Internet (Runet) if it is disconnected from the global infrastructure of the World Wide Web.”
According to the law, if this works in practice, the government would combat “threats to the stable, secure and integral operation of the Russian Internet on Russian territory” by centralizing the “general communication network.” The law opens the door to an alternative domain name system (DNS) for Russia in the event that it is disconnected from the World Wide Web, or, it is believed if Russian politicians consider the separation advantageous to view. Internet service providers would be forced to separate from third-party servers and instead rely on Russia’s DNS.
Russia’s state media regulator and its leading technology companies have expressed their support for this move. One can assume that this is more rhetoric than real politics and that it will be significantly more challenging to implement the whole thing as suggested by politics.
The new law would provide centralized control of overall Internet traffic, permanently eliminating the need to send and receive data to overseas servers. This control would introduce monitoring of every user’s activity and strict censorship of websites that could be visited by Russian users.
The first tests have already been carried out
According to the Moscow Times, “Russia reportedly conducted initial tests in mid-2014 to test the country’s response to the possibility of disconnecting the Internet from the World Wide Web. The secret tests allegedly showed that isolation of the Russian Internet is possible, but that’s all.
The Financial Times noted that “the bill, which will enter into force on November 1, requires Internet service providers to filter all traffic through special nodes controlled by Roscomnadzor, the Kremlin’s Internet censorship. The Kremlin will become ISPs and force other communications services to test the system at an unspecified time later this year. ”
The law, which was first touted at the end of last year, is seen as a response to the US strategy to combat evil national actors in cyberspace. There are already significant restrictions for Internet users in Russia, as many websites are blocked and the use of VPNs is prohibited. It’s essential also to note that many users still use a VPN.
Russia and China are often rated equally when analyzing cyber threats. Russians are now concerned that their country is taking the same path that China has taken towards censorship and isolation. According to media reports, the majority of Russians are against the law regarding their Internet network.
Effects on the online poker market
Should this new law come to pass, it would, of course, affect the international player pool, since Russian players would then be missing. Players would still find ways to continue playing, but this usually only affects professional players, and the regular casual gamers would suddenly be out of the market.
But there are still many question marks behind the whole thing. Indeed, such laws can come to pass in Russia, but there are doubts that it will happen and the entire Internet would be censored and disappear from the international network.