It’s been a challenging few months for tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. The firms have had to navigate unique challenges as they’ve tried to stay out of the Russia-Ukraine war and avoid violating sanctions. They are now pinning their political colors to the mast-banning products in Russia after Russia started invading Ukraine.
Twitter and Facebook have been blocked in Russia. Not only that, even Tik-Tok has not allowed Russians to post on their platform. With this, there has been a lot of questions about how the Russia-Ukraine War is directly Affecting World Technology and Internet.
Ukraine Tech Industry
Ukraine is a global leader in IT, and by 2022 it will have seven billion-dollar tech companies.
Ukraine is the fifth-best software developer in the world according to the American company Paysa, and it has been so for four consecutive years.
This year Ukraine was also ranked first for startups in Europe by Startup Village, and fifth-best in Europe.
The Ukrainian IT industry has become a huge success story of the nation’s post-Soviet era. It is now worth around $7 billion USD and employs more than 180 thousand specialists.
Now the country’s tech industries in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro are now all compromised.
Russia, Ukraine and ICANN on Russia’s Internet ban
Ukraine’s tech-savvy leaders called for something big which was taking out Russia from the Global Internet completely. There was a straight answer as “No” from ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) which is the charge of the Internet Governance.
The main tagline of ICANN is “One World, One Internet” and in his response to Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov, ICANN’s chief executive Goran Marby said: “Within our mission, we maintain neutrality and act in support of the global internet. Our mission does not extend to taking punitive actions, issuing sanctions, or restricting access against segments on the internet – regardless of the provocations.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was one of the several organizations which supported the decision.
EFF’s Corynne McSherry and Konstantinos Komaitis also said that the war was no time to “mess with the internet”. Interfering with the internet infrastructure protocols would have “dangerous and long-lasting consequences.”
With the Russia-Ukraine war, the world has been affected directly or indirectly politically, economically, and technologically, we hope soon the war ends and peace is maintained.