"On September 17, the first day of Russia’s parliamentary elections, Apple and
Google agreed to demands from the Russian government to remove a strategic
voting app developed by opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the iOS and
Android app stores.
Apple then disabled its Private Relay feature (which enhances web browsing
privacy) for users in Russia. Google also removed YouTube videos giving advice
on how to vote strategically in the elections.
In the past, large tech companies have generally ignored censorship requests
from the Russian government. So why did the US tech giants finally cave in to
The answer provides a glimpse into how Russia, a sophisticated cyber
superpower, is building its sovereign internet. It is preserving control, but
without isolating itself from the broader internet."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics