The article talks about how the Russian government is testing the possibility of creating their own internet space if the country is ever disconnected from the internet as a whole, or if its cyber-space sovereignty is ever under attack. The Russian Communications Ministry has already conducted a trial experiment back in 2014 and is now ready to take it to a bigger scale. With the Russian parliament, Duma, passing new legislation about storing data within Russia and what data can be transferred out, this is the next step in taking control over the Russian Internet or Runet as it is known. The upcoming test, a temporary disconnect from the Internet, would help the Russian government gain a better understanding of its cyberdefences, how well structured in their domestic Runet and how well the country will be able to withstand outside cyber aggression.
In the last 10 years cybersecurity has become a dominant concern for not only companies, but entire countries. It is not surprising that the Russian government is attempting to have more control of what happens with in its cyberspace. Furthermore, Duma has been passing many laws that establish more control of the government over the internet, which has mostly been met with a lot of negative feedback, primarily due to how the laws were executed. Furthermore, unlike in most western countries, only a small percentage of the population has internet access, therefore the cyber activity of citizens is easier to manage. So far it appears that Russian is following China’s example in how they are able to set up rules, boundaries and limitations on the internet for their citizens. Hopefully, we will never see a day where an entire contry is disconnected from the Internet, since that would be a tremendous loss of knowledge, finances and human connection.