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    The title is misleading, and misses at least the world “briefly.”

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      Made some slight modifications to the title for clarity.

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      The article seems to push the idea that this is for censorship more than it is cybersecurity defense. It probably serves both purposes, but given their apparent willingness to push the boundaries of cyber warfare in places like Ukraine, my guess is it is probably so others can’t do the same to them. It is sad and frightening to imagine the Internet being torn apart by war. I wonder how events will escalate in the future.

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        I really don’t find the verb “push” correct here. Nearly all of the main part of the article is following with the (I assume official) argument of “for defense”. There’s only one sentence near the end about censorship, and prefixed with a “this is believed” disclaimer, which for me clearly marks this as a subjective opinion of Some People™. The subsequent “Analysis” section expands a bit more on the censorship suspicions, but then again it’s clearly marked as an opinion section, and personally I find it impressively calm, weighed in tone, and solid; I’d say probably approachable for laymen too, while technically correct, which puts it even higher in my regard.


        Now, as to my personal thoughts, as much as I’m nearly by definition a “Russophobe” (by being a Pole), the article surprisingly made me realize, that such a test seems an impressively reasonable thing to do for any sovereign nation/state, from a defensive perspective. Still, as much as it can be seen in defensive colors, as somewhat hinted by the article, “defensive” is not so rarely used as the “safe PR word”, while there may well be other hidden motives (censorship being the first which jumps to mind). And not forgetting that unfortunately “defense” in politics is much too often a close sibling of “offense”.

        [edited: I had a longer rant here, but I eventually decided to pull it back, finding it too politically-loaded for the standards I believe this reputable forum tries to keep.]

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          I’m ok with the internet continuing to evolve to acknowledge that some countries or ideas are simply not compatible with freedom. We need the reminder.