Against the backdrop of coronavirus stories, recently the relatively fresh – and in general thanks to the coronavirus and received sudden support – idea of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Development, the same Ministry of Digital, on the adoption of a list of “socially significant Internet resources”, access to which providers should provide the Russians for free.
Moreover, to say that the list raised questions is to say nothing. Not only is the actual content of the list ambiguous – it also included large commercial online stores (obviously, Russians have money to buy them when they no longer have to pay for communication), and some frankly strange sites, for example, a site selling scientific work, and much more, the need for which is doubtful for every Russian (by the way, Habr also entered!).
Even worse, even the technical implementation of this access by the providers raises a lot of questions – the list simply contains a list of domain names, sometimes with subdomains, sometimes without. The issues of mapping them to IP addresses, capturing the freed up names, using them for proxying, including foreign traffic, and much, much more are left out of the brackets – as a result, a potentially positive idea can have a devastating effect comparable to the lists of Roskomnadzor.
To understand what is happening and where to wait for the trick, as well as to collect different opinions about this initiative, tomorrow at 12:00 we will hold a round table with streaming on youtube (recording at the end will be available at the same link).
- Why do you need free access to sites?
- What was the list of sites supposed to be – and how did it turn out?
- What is the difference between the bill of the Ministry of Finance and the experiment of the Ministry of Finance?
- The whole range of technical problems with the list – and can they be solved?
Round table participants:
- Oleg Artamonov, member of the videoconferencing party of direct democracy
- Artyom Gavrichenkov, technical director of the company Qrator Labs
- Philip Culinauthor Escher II and monitoring locks Roskomnadzor
- Vyacheslav Makarov, Secretary General of the videoconferencing Party of Direct Democracy
- Dmitry Petrov, Director of communications operator Comfortel
The list of participants may be supplemented.