On March 4, the House of Journalists in Moscow was the venue for a roundtable discussion The Internet in Russia: Status, Prospects and Trends of Development, organized by the Academy of the Media Industry and the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC).
The participants focused on RAEC’s analytical report The Internet in Russia in 2019: Status, Prospects and Trends of Development, prepared for the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media (Rospechat). The report deals with such aspects as the Runet and the state, the Runet and society, the Runet economy and infrastructure, cybersecurity, education and human resources. RAEC has been preparing this report that provides a detailed insight into the status of digital technology sectors and their development trends for over a decade. The participants discussed the sector’s 2019 performance, as well as 2020 trends and forecasts.
Director of the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ Andrei Vorobyov delivered a report on the domain infrastructure in Russia. “Today, MSK-IX maintains the DNS infrastructure of Russian national domains that has 21 nodes, including 11 in nine Russian cities and ten more elsewhere, in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In 2010, we handled about two billion DNS requests daily, and their number has now tripled to six billion on a daily basis. Russia accounts for about 40 percent of them. In 2019, we posted three major DDoS attacks on the infrastructure of Russian national domains that lasted for up to six weeks,” Vorobyov noted.
He also shared the Coordination Center’s plans for 2020. The Center intends to introduce additional organizational and technical measures together with Rostelecom and its divisions. These measures will facilitate the addressing system’s continuous operation. “Moreover, they will ensure additional protection for the rights of domain names’ administrators by introducing mechanisms that provide extra guarantees for safely storing domain names’ data,” Vorobyov added.