Hawke's Bay Today

Russia unplugs for test

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Tech providers are planning to temporaril­y cut the Russian internet off from the World Wide Web amid attempts to increase government control of informatio­n flows. A group of major private and state telecoms led by Natalya Kaspersky, co-founder of Kaspersky Lab antivirus maker, have decided to conduct the test to disconnect “Runet” from the rest of the internet sometime before April 1. That is the deadline for amendments to “sovereign internet” legislatio­n that ostensibly will allow Russia to protect itself from foreign aggression in the digital sphere.

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