[Ed. – This was inevitable at some point, and I don’t see it as a bad development. In fact, there needs to be an alternative in the West, starting with the U.S., to the monolithic ICANN DNS that we gave up administration of on Obama’s watch. Remaining within it just means being subject to throttling by ill-intentioned, centralized control. Human ingenuity can handle this, and the necessity is increasingly obvious.]
The Russian government will build an “independent internet” for use by itself, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa — the so-called BRICS nations — “in the event of global internet malfunctions,” the Russian news site RT reported on Tuesday. More precisely, Moscow intends to create an alternative to the global Domain Name System, or DNS, the directory that helps the browser on your computer or smartphone connect to the website server or other computer that you’re trying to reach. The Russians cited national security concerns, but the real reason may have more to do with Moscow’s own plans for offensive cyber operations.