If Putin continues his megalomania it's increasingly likely Russia
will be disconnected from the global Internet, with the government
there choosing to run their own Intranet instead.
Such a plan has been documented by the BBC and presumably others:
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50902496 "Russia 'successfully
tests' its unplugged internet", 2019-12-24
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-60661987 "Russia-Ukraine: Is
internet on verge of break-up?", 2022-03-09
Conceivably Fido's "underground" nature may aid the prevention of misinformation, but this can only go so far, and won't work if an
entire country unplugs itself. Then you're back to the sneakernet
days. Presumably the Russian government would also like inspect all
their citizens snail mail next.
A side-effect of Russia's disconnection will be that many of the
Russian developers who regularly post patches to FOSS projects like
BinkD, Husky, GoldED+ etc will be locked-out of the official repos on GitHub. They might choose to maintain their own forks hosted on a
Russian server but if development continues those forks will slowly
get out of sync with the main repos. They may also have to abandon the idea of FidoNet altogether if it becomes impossible to communicate
with anyone outside Russia.
Also worth mentioning, the main BinkD repo is maintained by a
In the overall scheme of things most of this is trivial, and some of
these projects are fairly dormant anyway. But as an Australian living
on the other side of the world, Fido development has been basically my only contact with Russian people over the years, so the above thoughts popped into my head.
My thoughts are with the Ukrainians currently under attack, and the
many Russians who oppose the invasion.
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