The Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation drifted iOS and OS X




In recent years, Russian officials are actively promoting the use of exclusively domestic software. Even the Minister of Communications and Mass Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov almost every day draws the attention of its readers on Twitter for worthy products of Russian developers. The next step five Russian authorities instructed to prepare proposals for the development of Russian software – in particular, to create registries “undesirable” and “safe” software.

According to the newspaper “Vedomosti”, the order was given to the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Economic Development, the Federal Antimonopoly Service and Rospatent. Until October 30 this year, they have come up with the most effective way to promote Russian software and complete the creation of the registry “unsafe” software.

It is reported that the criterion for getting into the list of “safe” is very strict – software developer will have to disclose the source code of their products to test the experts at the state level. Recall, that such a proposal was not so long ago made ​​Nikiforov at a meeting with a representative of Apple. He suggested that “apple” of the company disclose the source code of iOS and OS X.

Then, it seems, Apple has responded to this request refused, so the Ministry of Communications has decided to turn this procedure from advisory to mandatory. All developers, including major corporations, do not open the source code of its products will be listed as an “unsafe”. They will not be used for public use in all state-owned companies. In addition, officials are considering limiting the use of this software in the population – say, nothing we all open up their data to Western intelligence agencies.

Another stick in the wheel of foreign software developers – to enter a 10-percent sales tax license software to finance domestic development. In the summer a proposal made Nikiforov, and then he was supported by Vladimir Putin.

It would seem that many public corporations has long been used for its activities Windows , but senior managers and officials of higher rank do not deny yourself the pleasure to do business with the help of a MacBook or iMac. Not to mention the fact that almost every second of them uses the iPhone as a personal smartphone.

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From the point of view of national security establishment such registries certainly appropriate, – the expert in the field of information security Denis kvass. – But it is quite another thing when it all comes to fanaticism, and eventually we will get more minuses than pluses.

Such attention to the domestic software government began to pay after the scandalous revelations of Edward Snowden, and strained relations with the EU in recent years only made the situation worse. In the light of these events, the Ministry of Communications has concluded already dozens of new agreements with Chinese companies to supply their products to Russia, a source told us in the department.

As spoken by the Ministry of Communications, the registry really is created by the end of next month. The fact fall if iOS and OS X in the list of “forbidden” software in the department refused to talk.


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