Russia successfully tests alternative internet
Published: 09:50 PM, 24 December 2019 Updated: 09:52 PM, 24 December 2019
Russian government announced that it has successfully tested Runet which is an alternative to the global internet.
Details of what the test involved were vague but, according to the Ministry of Communications, ordinary users did not notice any changes. – a BBC report says.
The results will be presented to Russian President Putin.
Experts remain concerned about the trend for some countries to dismantle the internet.
Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey said, “Sadly, the Russian direction of travel is just another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet.”
Increasingly, authoritarian countries who want to control what citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done.
“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.”
Deputy head of the Ministry of Communications claimed tests of Runet had gone as planned.