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In Russia it was decided to create a national system for filtering Internet traffic (NASFIT) news

On July 31, 2017, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved the state program "Digital Economy", which includes the creation of the National Filtration System Internet traffic (NASFIT): government order, program text (pdf).

Until the end of the first quarter of 2019, the architecture and a prototype of NASFI should be developed, the necessary resources are identified. Until the end of the first quarter of 2020, the system should be put into operation.

Two options for implementing the national filtration system are being discussed, Izvestia writes, according to the words of the head of the League for Secure Internet (LBI) Denis Davydov:

  1. Traffic filtering only in educational institutions.
  2. The default filtering for all users of the Runet.


As usual, filtering is formally introduced under the pretext of protecting children from dangerous content on the Internet. Davydov proposes to introduce a "white list" of permitted sites. The idea of ​​the Secure Internet League is supported by Senator Elena Mizulina. LBI and Mizulina have lobbied for the introduction of such a list for five years, but right now the idea of ​​the actual isolation of the Russian Internet segment has been understood by the authorities. And to protect against harmful information can not only children, but also all other Russians, if you enter "whitelists" by default for all users of the Runet.

In Denisov's vision, the system should work as follows:

Citizens will be able to visit sites from the "white list", and in order to gain access to unfiltered content, you will need to write an application to the Internet provider or remove a corresponding "tick" in the personal account.


It is interesting that in the version of the document for May 2017, there is no point on creating a national system for filtering Internet traffic. That is, such a proposal appeared in recent months. This was confirmed by Igor Ashmanov: in an interview with Izvestia, he said that he took part in the work of a subgroup that developed a section on information security in the Digital Economy program. According to him, in the document, which left the government from the Ministry of Communications, there was no talk about NAFIT. Probably, the item was added already in the government.

In principle, this could be expected. According to the documents on the "brainstorming" of the Digital Economy program, the authorities take the Chinese Internet as a model, where traffic filtering is very effective.

It seems that the process of gradual isolation of the Runet continues.