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Russia’s Ukraine invasion raises questions over Internet access; and China’s new policy focus
18 March 2022 00:00
Following the invasion of Ukraine, an American pair of major providers of global Internet backbone services announced they had discontinued services to Russia, in a move that sparked immediate conjecture that Moscow could splinter off from the Internet. But it’s more complicated than that; what’s more, there are those who believe that the cause of those opposing the invasion would be better served by ensuring that the Russian people were able to stay online. Also on this week’s podcast: China’s so-called Two Sessions meetings shift the policy emphasis from competition to economic stability, job creation and fiscal support for enterprises. But where does that leave last year’s emphasis on antitrust?
Russia remains connected to global Internet even as companies halt direct sales to country's service providersWestern efforts to isolate the Kremlin economically and politically have not resulted in that country’s disconnection from the internet
Economic headwinds are prompting Chinese leaders to orchestrate an all-out effort to shore up growth in the world's second-largest economy