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Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

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Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes. The project entails restricting the points at which Russia's version of the Internet connects to its global counterpart, giving the government more control over citizens' accessibility. The effort also involves obstructing or regulating data transmission via undersea cable or nodes through cooperation of domestic Internet service providers; Russia then would have to develop an alternative system.

Observers fear this could spark similar moves by authoritarian regimes and repress free speech, although Justin Sherman at the New America think tank said success is not guaranteed. "Without more information about this test . . . it's hard to assess exactly how far Russia has progressed in the path towards an isolatable domestic Internet," Sherman said.

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