A Look Inside Russia’s Creepy, Innovative Internet

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A Look Inside Russia’s Creepy, Innovative Internet 4

For the past five years, Russia’s been building walls around its web and packing it with tech oligarchs, startup cities, face-finding algorithms, hacker hunters, and, of course, a few bears. In this episode of Bloomberg's Hello World, Ashlee Vance travels to Mother Russia to see how they do tech.


Hello World is a Webby and Emmy-nominated video series from Bloomberg that invites the viewer to come on a journey across the globe to find the inventors, scientists and technologists shaping our future. Join journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance on a quest to find the freshest, weirdest tech creations and the beautiful freaks behind them.

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Russia isn't the fatherland, that's Germany and other European countries. Russia is referred to as the motherland -- that's why it's "Mother Russia".

Author — Milton Waddams


What an idiotic report.
As a Russian, i ALWAYS sit in a dark room, with a gangster hat, and drinking Vodka. sure.

Author — Yuri


Russia seems so different than what is usually portrayed in media.

Author — Daniyal Ahmed


‘Yes another Dimitri” - lmao! That’s the equivalent to “Steve” or “Bob” here

Author — Omar Delawar


"Knock offs" huh... please, when math, physics, chemistry and a host of other hard sciences are taught without multiple choice tests that only a moron can't pass, then you will see an influx of inventions beyond Google and Facebook. Until then, only a mind honed by proper education can create things like these in the documentary. So, thank for your documentary, but stop with the idea that these are knock offs... This is evolution, best of the best will live on.

Author — Valentine Kosyak


So, with all the claim in these video about Russian copying America technology where is the proof? I can hear a lot of claims but where is the evidence? Just because one of their office design is inspired by some silicon valley styling does not mean they are copying everything. When all these Russian scientists open their heart and show this "journalists" around with their open arm they did not know how this "journalists" will describe them in the video. This is just low... very low...

Author — Dennis H


LoL. 4:07 banner over traffic lights - "Плодитесь!" - means "Make more childrens!"

Author — Денис Михайлов


2:30 "Chase the ever elusive Russian hacker"

*shows picture of perfectly normal person talking about crime statistics*

Author — Rabolisk


I'm fascinated by the genius of some of these russian tech entrepreneurs. Didn't like the subtext, shortminded depiction and comments of the reporter. Keep on striving my Russian buddies!! Whatever they think and do. Let's just accept that there are multiple spots where tech magic is created (not only Sillicon Valley)! We will all benefit. I will never let my love for these people be restricted by stupid politics! Respect and Love from Germany/Congo

Author — Yannick Ndombe


Minute 10:20. "...would make Edward Snowden weep into his borscht". At least russian laws are out in the open for the public to see, unlike the extra judicial acrobatics of the NSA! May Edward Snowden live long and prosper!

Author — Aristeidis Lykas


The map presented at 10:35 is wrong. Most traffic on the internet passes through a US based server, as much as 80%. So if someone in Russia wants to email someone else in Russia it is likely that it will pass through a US server on its way. In early 2000s Russian government placed several court approved requests for information and was refused by West based companies that operate in Russia. Because they claimed that the information is stored outside of Russian jurisdiction. As a solution Russia passed a law to force any company that operates in Russia to store information in Russia.
Seams reasonable to me...

Author — Nikolay Grigoryev


Lol. Here in Australia the Gov has brought in laws that all phone and internet companies must save your data for 6 months and give access to them when they request it. It has also brought in laws that makes companies like Apple and Facebook give them back doors to their messaging services.
We are so brainwashed in the West.

Author — harddobe


The US is the biggest underground mafia of them all.

Just read some Chomsky.

Author — Modus Operandi


So this fella just goes into their beautiful country and he pretty much spits in their faces?

Author — Evropa Khan


NSA, DARPA have better technology, and creepier.

Author — Rodrigo Polo


Extremely biased program. Hypocrisy is astonishingly laughable.

Author — Dushmantha Ekanayake


There are a lot of smart people. They fell more happy if they can invent and use their mind to solve interesting problems. If we give those people space, work and an income, they feel more happy and productive.

Otherwise the smart people just go an move on the places where they can apply their talent and be more productive.

Russia was losing the smart people for a decade, the more jobs there are for the smart people, the more of them will stay in Russia, that and the money was probably the idea behind Skolkovo.

Author — epSos.de


"No pity for the enemies of Science" xD

Author — A K


Actually the companies have found the way how to bypass this law. We do have Facebook (although nobody uses it – the VK was earlier on our market), Twitter and Instagram. A lot of people here have their email accounts on Gmail (including me). The main difference from many western countries is that despite having not-100% closed internet (unlike they do in China) the local players are extremely strong here. There are two major companies which can be called "Russian Google" – already mentioned Mail.ru Group and Yandex.

I'm watching this one on YouTube being Russian, so it is not entirely true about Russia's internet being closed.

Author — Иван Грязин


13minutes in I realized that youtube has recommended me video that I've seen already couple years ago...

Author — TechnologyGeek