Great Firewall fears as Russia plans to cut itself off from internet

(www.theguardian.com)

Russia is planning to temporarily disconnect from the internet as part of what it says is an experiment to test its cyberdefence capabilities. […] According to a report on the Russian news site RBC, the planned disconnection is intended to analyse the country’s preparedness for a draft law mandating a “sovereign” internet.

This will be interesting to observe, as it's not just Russia that has considered doing this. Countries such as Japan, the US, Israel, Egypt, and Iran have all played with the idea of having a "great firewall" as seen with the Chinese networks. If countries begin to shard the Internet for their own policing, then we'll begin to see some very creative methods from Google, Facebook, and other advertising companies to circumvent the various roadblocks.

If there's one thing that Google and Facebook are strongly opposed to, it's digital sovereignty.