Russia announced that it will be conducting a “trial shutdown” of the Internet country-wide. What bad could happen from that, you ask?
Russia explains it will be testing its own homebrew version of the Internet called the “RuNet.” Must have worked with a very powerful branding firm on the naming. Catchy.
The Russians will pull the plug on 1 November.
The first problem they have acknowledged is they are not perfectly certain they know how to shut down the Internet in Russia. They have been working on this idea for more than a decade and they are still not sure they can kill the Internet.
The Russians passed a law back in May that not many folks paid attention to, but the law directed the Roskomnadzor (Russia’s communications oversight agency) to gin up an “internet management and monitoring center to be able to suspend outside internet traffic.”
OK, I think he’s talking about that wacky Word of the Day site. Right?