Co-founder of Kaspersky Lab: Russia can be unplugged from World Wide Web, but it’s not quite ready

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By passing a draft law on its Internet, Russia isn’t isolating itself from the rest of the world but is making sure that national networks don’t go down if they are disconnected from the outside, Kaspersky Lab co-founder told RT. The bill, officially called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russia’s Internet providers to ensure they can operate even if foreign powers try to take the country offline. Western mainstream media and Russian opposition pundits rushed to accuse the government of building a “sovereign Internet,” similar to what China has built over the years. Comment: What’s so bad about building a sovereign Internet? Surely the US military has done the same thing. But the reality is far more complex, explained Natalya Kasperskaya, a cybersecurity expert and co-founder of world-renowned Kaspersky Lab. She said the proposed legislation is getting misrepresented in the media. “The law has two components. The first one is to ensure that the Internet stays…

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