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Russian experts view of Internet governance of cyber security

Forwarded by a noted expert.
This is very much worth the read. It’s a collection of essays on Internet governance buy some of the leading thinkers on cyber security and governance of cyberspace and Russia. These are non-governmental guys, but really the people most responsible for having run the Russian Internet and it’s security.
It’s a good break from the regular “the world is ending” view of cyber politics.
FYSA – PIR is partially supported through the OPenNet Eurasia project – which came to broaden discourse around Internet/cyber space issues among experts in the Eurasia region.
Here is the highlight reel:


MOSCOW, JUNE 13, 2017. PIR PRESS — PIR Center Library presents new collection of articles Global Internet Governance and Cyber Security: As Viewed by Russian Experts in English. The articles are written by the most experiences Russian experts, most of them are the members of the PIR Center’ working group on Global Internet Governance and International Information Security.

Russia constitutes one of the most massive and rapidly growing segments of the global Internet community. It is the 7th country in the world on a number of internet users (more than 104 million users). The Russian language is the third most popular language in the Internet in terms of the amount of available resources. The .RU zone is the 5th most popular top-level country domain and one of the Top 10 top level domains. Russia is one of only four countries in the world whose market is dominated by home-grown social networks and one of only three countries in the world, along with the United States and China, whose market is dominated by a home-grown search engine. Russia is one of the global leaders in the end-user cybersecurity market. In countries, such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine 60-86 per cent of all websites are in Russian. The contribution of the Russian Internet economy to the national GDP was 2,4 per cent in 2015.

Digital economy, internet governance and cyber security are at the crossroads of the interests of economic, professional and political groups. Internet of Things, and other major ICT sector growth drivers, also pose challenges to the architecture of the global network, forcing it to expand its size and adapt itself to handling new connected devices.

Internet governance and cyber security became a realm of competitive domestic and global politics. One of the key current challenges for all stakeholders is to harmonize the interests of technological progress, economic development and security.

In 2015-2016 Security Index journal, the leading Russian journal on global security, published a series of articles on global Internet governance and cyber security. The articles are done by the most experiences Russian experts, most of them are the members of the PIR Center’ working group on Global Internet Governance and International Information Security.

The collection of articles Global Internet Governance and Cyber Security: As Viewed by Russian Experts includes translation of five of them into English.

The translation is done with support of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to acquaint the global Internet community with the views of Russian experts.

Is there such a thing as the notorious Red Button to shut off the Internet and can access to the Web be feasibly restricted for a single country or group of users? Which challenges were evaluated in the Russian modelling studies of threats to the Internet infrastructure in 2014? Is it possible to counter these threats? Andrei Kolesnikov, Director of the Coordination Centre of the Top-Level Domain for Russia (2009–2015), answers these questions.

Few people today give serious thought to the threat of nuclear war. The modern nightmare lies in the security of the global Internet and the possibility of a full or partial shutdown. Olga Makarova, director of the Department for Internet and channel resources of the MTS company, provides insights for advanced users, explaining how the backbone infrastructure of the global Web is organized and how vulnerable it is.

PIR Center consultant Oleg Demidov describes the role of the Verisign corporation in the DNS root zone management, comments on the process U.S. Department of Trade’s withdrawal from direct contractual relationship with the technical management of the root zone, and looks at the potential impact of community-proposed changes on the U.S. government’s real control of the critically important domain name function.

Almost ten years ago the amount of devices connected to the Internet outnumbered the world population. We stand witness to digitalization of our ecosystem. Alexandra Kulikova studies the new phenomenon and its possible implications for our everyday lives and future of global Internet governance

One of a very few Russian authors’ analyses of the joint statement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence accusing the Russian government of directing cyberattacks against U.S. political entities. Alexey Lukatsky offers to look at American accusations and Russian reaction, show the limits and possibilities of identification the initiator of cyber-attacks, evaluate the influence of domestic political struggle and global geopolitical confrontation on the feasibility of objective investigation.


The articles and information about their authors can be found here

For all questions concerning PIR Center’s program “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security” and collection of articles Global Internet Governance and Cyber Security: As Viewed by Russian Experts please contact the PIR Center’s Director Albert Zulkharneev by phone at +7 (499) 940-09-83 or by email at zulkharneev at


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