Russia finished testing its state-owned internet, or a huge intranet. The results, accordingly, are successful, the Ministry of Communications says.
Putin’s attempt to limit internet access is not the first in the world. Accordingly, the regulation to restrict the global web has seemingly become a trend among countries.
In response to the trend, experts think that this is a discouraging method to promote freedom of speech. In addition, the government will control what the citizens can access, making it hard for people to come out of the bubbles.
“Sadly, the Russian direction of travel is just another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet,” Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey, said.
“Increasingly, authoritarian countries which want to control what citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done,” he added. “It means people will not have access to dialogue about what is going on in their own country, they will be kept within their own bubble.”
Russia to Follow Other Countries in Limiting Internet Access
Russia’s attempt with the Russia internet, this kind of method is not the first in the world. Accordingly, countries like China, Iran, and North Korea have implemented the same things.
In Iran, for instance, the public’s internet access is totally under the control of the National Information Network. The system, additionally, is run by the state-owned Telecommunication Company of Iran. Accordingly, this allows the country to restrict the public from gaining international information that contradicts the Iranian government’s views.
Another great example is the Great Firewall of China. The massive and strong, nearly impenetrable firewall has limited almost every foreign information. The government controls what the public can or cannot consume. Among the advantage of this thing is that the government can greatly support the advancement of local tech giants.
North Korea, on the other hand, is taking the game to another level. Instead of restricting internet access, the government limits internet usage, making the system completely exclusive to certain groups of people. In addition, the government controls information distribution, making the public to only know what is good about the government.