Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was asked at his end-of-year press conference in early December if the new sovereign internet law will lead to YouTube being banned in the country.
Medvedev replied, chuckling, “I think you understand how I will answer that question” “The purpose of the law is to keep us from being cut off from the World Wide Web – if anyone is thinking of doing that.“ By “anyone” he most certainly meant the USA.
It’s been a couple of months since Russia passed the sovereign internet law giving it the right to cut Runet — the Russian part of the internet — off from the rest of the online world. Despite fears that the new legislation would usher in an era of strict control, not much has changed.
Russia will also build a seperate Domain Name System (DNS) — an internet phonebook that will decide which website you reach when you enter a domain into your web browser. This will serve as a parallel structure to the global DNS maintained by ICANN, a U.S. NGO headquartered in Los Angeles.
And what about the Great Russian Encyclopedia? Will it oust Wikipedia in Russia? President Vladimir Putin called for the change at a forum in November and the project has 2 billion rubles ($31 million) in funding.
Sergey Kravets, director of the Russian equivalent of “Encyclopedia Britannica,” announced during a presentation in Ufa in November that the plan is to release the new version in autumn of 2022.