[At-Large] 2019 year Russian legislation on sovereign Internet

Roberto Gaetano roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 10 12:20:04 UTC 2022

Dear all,

I am wondering whether the GAC has produced any document about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, knowing that a motion has been passed even at the UN GA. I have not followed all the GAC sessions, as I had other commitments, but it would be good to have a report on that during our joint session. It would be strange - or even worrisome - if the GAC did not take position.

One of the issues that we share with the GAC is the joint effort for a unique, interoperable internet and the way to use dialogue to achieve consensus: the recent actions ordered by Putin go against both these objectives, because war destroys communication links and make collaboration more difficult - if at all possible for quite some time to come.

So the question to all of us is what we can do to stop this - and the GAC, being representative of the Governments, has authority to bring forward a position - and immediately afterwards what we can do to recover the damage unilaterally inflicted.

I observe that it has taken decades for Germany for gaining the reputation that it had lost before and during WWII, and I wonder how long it will take to the Russian people, most of whom are not guilty of the actions of their leader, to regain the confidence of the international community.


On 10.03.2022, at 12:14, Oksana Prykhodko via At-Large <at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org<mailto:at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org>> wrote:

Dear all,

Once again thank you very much for all your support! We in Ukraine are really impressed by all your words and decisions - we urgently need your help and support just now!

I will do my best to participate in the joint GAC and ALAC session today.

On Monday I participated in At-Large Leadership session under bombing alert and with problems with Internet (just now I also hear bombing alert).

That is why I am writing to you beforehand about my point for AOB:

2019 year Russian legislation on sovereign Internet and rumours that Russia will disconnect itself from global Internet on 11 March 2022.

(you can read more about this legislation here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/31/russia-new-law-expands-government-control-online?fbclid=IwAR1S-u8b-fMzbzxrys-sIaZQxBL3ybHynGDhsDJkhhNc7k-a0oIRVrFZ0zY)

Yes, I know that Russian representatives say that the news regarding the 11 March disconnection is fake, but they have said that all warnings from our Western partners on the Russian war against Ukraine are also fake. It's up to you: to believe them or not.

>From my side I am sure that they will not disconnect - not because they do not want, but after the failure with their famous Era cryptophones in Ukraine (https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/news/ukraine-russian-militarys-own-encrypted-phones-impacted-after-destroying-3g4g-towers-allowing-comms-to-be-intercepted/?fbclid=IwAR1KrIo_dkc1Ucuh6IPDdlZZz4VXc8SPSvXhRcSzLRkSakmkj29tRVQfsMc)

Nevertheless, 2019 legislation went into force, and I am not sure that ICANN and the worldwide Internet community are ready for ALL consequences.

In case I can not participate in the session in person, I would kindly ask Joanna Kulesza to be my proxy.

Thank you very much in advance,
Kind regards,
Oksana Prykhodko,
director of iNGO European Media Platform,
Kyiv, Ukraine

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