Activists leak Russian government’s plans to create a ‘national Internet’

Anton Nesterov komachi at
Thu Sep 24 07:47:13 PDT 2015

Judging by leaked docs and people involved I'd say it's more like

So it's created not for research, but for censorship. Also they want to
get some money from the govt for this project (they even scared that
Rostec could get this tender).

Travis Biehn:
> Nothing wrong with doing a little research, I welcome any efforts of making
> internet supporting technologies look like the antiquated lead-lined
> aqueducts of Rome.
> Is this any different from Internet2?
> "secure identity and access management tools"
> Internet2 is a not-for-profit United States computer networking consortium
> led by members from the research and education communities, industry, and
> government.[2] The Internet2 consortium administrative headquarters are
> located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices in Washington, D.C. and
> Emeryville, California.[1]
> As of November 2013, Internet2 has over 500 members including 251
> institutions of higher education,[3] 9 partners and 76 members from
> industry,[4] over 100 research and education networks or connector
> organizations,[5][6] and 67 affiliate members.[7]
> Internet2 operates the Internet2 Network,[8] an Internet Protocol network
> using optical fiber that delivers network services for research and
> education, and provides a secure network testing and research environment.
> In late 2007, Internet2 began operating its newest dynamic circuit network,
> the Internet2 DCN, an advanced technology that allows user-based allocation
> of data circuits over the fiber-optic network.
> The Internet2 Network, through its regional network and connector members,
> connects over 60,000 U.S. educational, research, government and "community
> anchor" institutions, from primary and secondary schools to community
> colleges and universities, public libraries and museums to health care
> organizations.[9]
> The Internet2 community develops and deploys network technologies for the
> future of the Internet. These technologies include large-scale network
> performance measurement and management tools,[10] secure identity and
> access management tools[11] and capabilities such as scheduling
> high-bandwidth, high-performance circuits.[12]
> Internet2 members serve on several advisory councils,[13] collaborate in a
> variety of working groups and special interest groups,[14] gather at spring
> and fall member meetings,[15] and are encouraged to participate in the
> strategic planning process.[16]
> -Travis
> On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 7:42 AM, Anton Nesterov <komachi at>
> wrote:
>> The data-leaking blog Anonymous International, also known as
>> Shaltai-Boltai (Humpty Dumpty), has published the Russian government’s
>> project proposal for creating a "national information platform," which
>> would serve as an alternative Russian Internet.
>> According to Anonymous International, the project was drawn up by
>> Russia’s Foreign Trade Bank cluster analysis and spatial development
>> director Sergey Ganzya, the IT director of the hydroelectricity company
>> RusHydro, Garald Bandurin, and several other people. The leaked content
>> includes email correspondence and a document about the project.
>> In the leaked emails, the authors of the project discuss the creation of
>> “an entirely custom IT platform that can expand globally.” The
>> development of such a platform can serve as “import substitution in the
>> IT sphere” and “create a secure national digital environment with lower
>> risks than in the global www-field.”
>> The document published by Anonymous International mentions Russia’s
>> direct dependence on “the goodwill and decency of global providers of IT
>> solutions.” The authors of the document believe that “there are no
>> objective guarantees that, in the event of a conflict, Western security
>> agencies won’t paralyze—or, worse, seize—direct control over elements of
>> the infrastructure.”
>> The leaked emails between the project’s authors refer to the “general
>> officers” of Russia’s “Oplot Rossii” party, which was tasked with
>> delivering the project proposal to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The
>> correspondence dates to June 2015.
>> --
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