Ukraine earlier this week requested global internet bodies to shut down the internet. Ukraine’s representative at ICANN, Andrey Nabok, and the country’s deputy prime minister and minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, in a letter called the organization “permanently or temporarily, the domains “.ru”, “.рф” and “.su”. asked for.”
“Contribute to the revocation of SSL certificates for the above domains. Turn off the DNS root servers located in the Russian Federation, namely: St. Petersburg, RU (IPv4 18.104.22.168) and Moscow, RU (IPv4 22.214.171.124, 3 examples), “the letter said.
However, his request has been rejected by ICANN. In response to the letter, Goran Marbi, President and CEO of ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers said“The Internet is a decentralized system. No one actor has the ability to control or shut down… We take action to ensure that the workings of the Internet are not politicized, and we have no restrictions Essentially, ICANN is designed to ensure that the Internet works, not to be used to prevent it from working for its coordinating role.”
Elaborating on ICANN’s decision, Marby stated that it was not possible for the organization to comply with Ukraine’s request because it lacked the ability to revoke specific SSL certificates for the mentioned domains. He also said that “such a change in process would have a devastating and lasting impact on the trust and usefulness of this global system.”
“It is only through widespread and uninterrupted access to the Internet that citizens can access reliable information and diverse perspectives. ICANN does not control Internet access or content, regardless of the source,” he said.
Ukraine had also made a similar petition to the Rezox IP Europeans Network Coordination Center (RIPE NCC), which was rejected by the organisation. “The Executive Board of the RIPE NCC believes that the means of communication should not be affected by domestic political disputes, international conflicts or war. This includes the provision of correctly registered Internet numbering resources,” the organization said. Feedback,
What experts are saying about the request
Ukraine’s request is being met with caution from experts who have warned that removing Russia from the Internet could have dire consequences. In a series of tweets, the executive director of the Packet Clearing House, which provides support and security to critical internet infrastructure Bill Woodcock, has said it is “the heck of an asking on Ukraine’s part.”
He also explained in detail the consequences of this decision. “Remove the Russian TLD from the root zone. It will be inaccessible to Russian websites, emails, etcetera, from outside Russia, and also inaccessible to some inside Russia, depending on their ISP and recursive resolver.” How are configured,” he wrote in a tweet, adding that complying with Ukraine’s requests would affect the most ordinary people in Russia.
“They will have little or no effect on the Russian government or military. Remember, this is an attack by the Russians last July, which means their defense is probably in optimal preparation right now,” he said.
“In the short term, this is a bad plan because it will alienate the Russian people from international news and perspectives, leaving them only with what the Russian government chooses to tell them. Undermining Russian public support for the war. That’s not a great way to do it.”
In the long term, it would set the precedent that small industry associations in Los Angeles and Amsterdam would act as mediators in international conflicts, and the countries’ supposedly-sovereign country-codes would play with top-level domains.
— Bill Woodcock (@woodyatpch) 1 March 2022
His views were shared by Paul Tomé, former President and CEO of ICANN, who said, “I completely agree with this analysis. Keeping the protocol layer running in Russia is the best way to ensure that the Russian audience has diverse views.” sites to be effective.
I completely agree with this analysis. Keeping the protocol layer running in Russia is the best way to ensure that sites with diverse views for Russian audiences are effective.
— Paul Twomey (@PaulDTwomey) 1 March 2022
First appeared on BGR India after rejecting Ukraine’s appeal to unplug Russia from the Internet.