Controlling free expression “by infrastructure” in the Russian Internet: The consequences of RuNet sovereignization

  • Liudmila Sivetc University of Turku

Abstract

Russia has been coaxing foreign Internet companies into building the Yarovaya-Law infrastructure, by listing them as “information disseminators”. This infrastructure, aimed at storing content data collected by information disseminators, might develop into a state-controlled content layer for the sovereign Russian Internet, presenting a new digital lock to curb free expression. However, by the summer of 2020, the building of the Yarovaya-Law infrastructure had faltered due to cost and implementation obstacles; this may now have hindered the continuation of the RuNet sovereignization strategy.

Author Biography

Liudmila Sivetc, University of Turku

Doctoral candidate at the University of Turku, Finland.

Published
2021-04-16
How to Cite
Sivetc, L. (2021). Controlling free expression “by infrastructure” in the Russian Internet: The consequences of RuNet sovereignization. First Monday, 26(5). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v26i5.11698
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Articles