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It's probably a good idea for Russia to have control of its own DNS servers given the US's extreme Russophobia, however that is not their "own internet" and wouldn't counter hostile propaganda.  It's not clear what this proposal really means.
Majority of Russians support ‘own internet’ for BRICS nations
29 Jan, 2018

More than half of Russian citizens approve of a separate internet for the BRICS economic bloc, saying that the idea could boost the security of users’ personal data and help counter hostile propaganda.

According to research released by the state-run polling agency VTSIOM on Monday, the idea of a separate internet for BRICS nations – an economic and political bloc comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is supported by 58 percent of Russians. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they were against the idea.

The proponents said that it could help protect ordinary citizens from hack attacks and boost data security in general, and also reduce the amount of harmful foreign propaganda for ordinary Russians. Those who said that they did not like the idea of an independent internet for BRICS said they expected the government to impose excessive restrictions on web content.

At the same time, 23 percent of respondents said that they would back the initiative to launch a separate internet for the Russian Federation alone. Thirty percent of Russians said that their country could have a united internet with Belarus and 24 percent said that the project could include Kazakhstan.

In November last year, Russia’s top consultative body on national security, the Security Council, addressed the government with a formal request to develop an independent internet infrastructure for BRICS nations, which would continue to work in the event of global internet malfunctions. In particular, security officials wanted to launch a separate backup system of Domain Name Servers (DNS), which would not be subject to control by international organizations.

According to press reports, President Vladimir Putin has personally set a deadline of August 1, 2018 for the completion of the task.

At the same time, Russian officials have consistently dismissed rumors that they are considering disconnecting the country from the global internet.

In 2014, Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that “Russia’s disconnection from the global internet is of course out of the question,” but noted that Russian authorities had to be prepared for potential hostile actions of Western governments and special services.

“We all know who the chief administrator of the global internet is. And due to its volatility, we have to think about how to ensure our national security,” Peskov said. It’s not about disconnecting Russia from the world wide web, he added, but about “protecting it from possible external influence.”
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Re: Majority of Russians support ‘own internet’ for BRICS nations
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 02:53:01 PM »
Isn't there some way to make an internet without the government involved at all?
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Re: Majority of Russians support ‘own internet’ for BRICS nations
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 04:10:25 PM »
Isn't there some way to make an internet without the government involved at all?

Technologically, yes, practically, no.  You could run a distributed network, this is already done.  However to do it you are using radio frequencies which are regulated by the FCC.  It also would not be part of the current WWW, or World Wide Web so you wouldn't be able to pull up those websites, like the Diner.

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