February 18, 2019

Kremlin seeks more control over internet in Russia

Featuring LtCol Colin Smith

Source: The Hill

Journalist Jacqueline Thomsen

Russia is taking steps to tighten its grip on the internet within its borders, as the nation’s legislature advanced legislation this week that would test temporarily disconnecting Russia from the global internet.

The first version of the bill was approved by the legislature on Tuesday. It still has two more steps to go before it gets final approval.

The bill would require that all internet traffic move through servers physically based in Russia. And it will expand the state-run communications office to oversee that routing.

In a separate move, the Kremlin has also announced that it is planning to build its own version of the Domain Name System (DNS), the records systems used for the internet to direct users to specific domains for websites.

Read the full article and more in The Hill.

Authors

  • LtCol Colin Smith

    Former Senior Military Fellow, United States Marine Corps

    Lieutenant Colonel Smith is the former Commandant of the Marine Corps Senior Fellow to the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS he served as the U....