Irinia Borogan


Deputy editor,

Guest, Russia in Global Dialogue
(November – December 2016)


The Emerging Chinese Trend in Control of the Internet in Russia

In spring 2016, the Kremlin concluded that its approach to internet control had largely failed–the system of internet filtering was porous, and global platforms such as Google or Facebook remained outside the Kremlin’s reach. For inspiration, the authorities turned east. A first Russia-China cyber security forum in April emphasized the concept of “digital sovereignty.” Our project aims to explore which Chinese censorship measures might be exported to Russia, the consequences for internet freedom, and the likely reactions from global platforms.