Russia’s New Internet – level 3

01-01-2020 15:00

Russia says that it has successfully tested a national alternative to the global Internet. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said that this localized version of the global Internet would help Russia avoid being cut off and keep its sovereignty.

There are not many details about the test, but the Russian government said that users did not notice a change. Many media outlets have pointed out that this is an ambitious and challenging project; however, it is not clear what stage Russia has reached, and there is also a question about the motivation of Russia. Critics say that this is a way for the country to police the content that users have access to.

Difficult words: sovereignty (the freedom of a country to control itself), ambitious (difficult and challenging), motivation (what someone really wants).

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