- The Kremlin plans to develop a neuro smart platform, which will allow them to create a digital twin for each individual. based on their neuro profile.
- It is a final step to full control of Russian citizens and a Digital Iron Curtain.
- The digital twin creation completely removes any privacy an individual will ever have.
The Ural Science Education Center (USEC), backed by Roskosmos, has announced a new project. The USEC opened this year under a Kremlin directive and is expected to have 15 additional centers opened within the next six years across Russia. The project consists of creating a platform which will gather information about each user. It will gather each individual’s digital footprint— the trail of data you create while using the Internet. This includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services.
While your IP address may change, and does not include any personal information, it is still considered part of your digital footprint. The information gathered will be used to create an individual digital neuro profile (human digital twin). All the information gathering is projected to be from open sources. The data will be gathered via cell phone use, internet use, smart TV use, and Yandex Alisa (the Russian equivalent to Amazon Alexa). Yandex is a Russian multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related products and services, including transportation, search and information services, eCommerce, navigation, mobile applications, and online advertising. Yandex provides over 70 services in total and serves the former Soviet block countries.
The center plans to develop a neuro smart platform containing the digital twin for each individual. USEC does not disclose who will have access to the platform; it vaguely states the information will only be shared in a limited capacity. Hence, it is plausible to expect that it is another way for the Kremlin to control its citizens under a dictatorial style of governance. This project is funded by the Kremlin using the strategy of digital governance of the people.
On May 5, a new law came into effect in Russia that blocks anonymous use of the internet and cellular-based private messaging applications. The new law means that, from now on, anyone using Russian social media or any other forms of instant messaging has to register their mobile number which is then verified off their passport information. Such information will be checked through the mobile service provider during service use. The passport information will be available on demand to the registrar and individuals will be given an identification number to access social media. The mobile service provider has 20 minutes to provide such information to the owners of any chat apps and online services.
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It is a new evolved version of the old Soviet KGB surveillance system– only now it’s digital. It would be very easy to use the platform for intimidation and intelligence purposes.
Stage 1: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law providing stable operation of the Russian Internet (Runet) this year. The law provides for the centralized control of internet traffic and no data sent or received via servers located outside of Russia.
Stage 2: Unified digital platform with all the information gathering and creation of the neuro profile project announcement.
It is clear the unified database will be implemented in the next few years. The timing coincides with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda to shut down foreign sources on the internet visible in Russia. The Digital Iron Curtain around a Russian intranet is on its way.