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Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs a "Sovereign Internet" Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a "Sovereign Internet" bill that will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet to expand the government's control over it.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs a "Sovereign Internet" Law
  • This move is being publicly denounced by all rights groups in Russia and will lead to censorship over large parts of the Internet.

Details:

  • The new move requires Internet providers to install equipment for routing Russian web traffic through servers in Russia which will allow the Russian intelligence agencies of state authorities to control public information.
  • Roskomnadzor's chief (Roskomnadzor is Russia's chief media regulator), Aleksandr Zharov, notified that the measures would also target the Telegram app widely used by Russians.
  • The text of the law was published on 1st May 2019 and will come into effect after November.
  • Russian lawmakers support the new law to ensure the security of Russia's online networks.
  • The move includes measures to create technology to watch internet routing, to move Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers.
  • In March 2019, the Russian President signed a controversial law that permitted courts to fine and briefly imprison people who showed disrespect towards authorities. He also blocked the media for publishing "fake news".
  • These laws are part of an ongoing Kremlin prevention on media and internet freedoms in which the public is imprisoned for sharing petty humorous memes.
  • Creation of an alternative Domain Name System (DNS) was asked for to protect the Russian-language section of the internet if it is disconnected from the World Wide Web.

Government's take on this legislation:

  • The government vehemently defended the legislation as a defensive step in case the United States cuts Russia out from the global Internet.
  • Russia took this step to ensure the security of its network after US (United States) President Donald Trump brought about a new American cyber-security strategy in 2018 that held Russia responsible for carrying out cyber-attacks.

Question:

Q. Which country's President has signed into law a "Sovereign Internet" bill that will allow the authorities to isolate the country's internet to expand the government's control over it?
a. Malaysia
b. Russia
c. China
d. North Korea
Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs a "Sovereign Internet" Law Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs a "Sovereign Internet" Law Reviewed by Neha on May 04, 2019 Rating: 5

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