The internet is designed to be an open space for all, not controlled by any particular nation or government. However, despite that, many governments around the world have attempted to censor it in some form or the other, by restricting what kind of content is allowed to be shown in their country.
It doesn’t always work as changing the DNS or using a VPN can easily bypass restrictions put into place, but Russia thinks that they might have found the solution – by creating its own internet. According to a report from the BBC, Russia has apparently successfully tested its own internet.
What does this mean? Basically by creating its own internet, it will restrict the points at which it will connect to the rest of the internet around the world, where it will give the government more control over what kind of content its citizens can access. According to Russia’s Ministry of Communications, ordinary users part of the test did not notice any changes.
However, according to Justin Sherman, a cyber-security policy fellow at the New America think tank, he told the BBC. “The Russian government has run into technical challenges in the past when trying to increase online control, such as its largely unsuccessful efforts to block Russians from accessing encrypted messaging app Telegram. Without more information about this test though, it’s hard to assess exactly how far Russia has progressed in the path towards an isolatable domestic internet.”