Andrei Kolesnikov

Is there such a thing as the notorious Red Button to shut off the Internet and can access to the Web be feasibly restricted for a single country or group of users? Which challenges were evaluated in the Russian modelling studies of threats to the Internet infrastructure in 2014? Is it possible to co...

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PIR Center Library presents new collection of articles Global Internet Governance and Cyber Security: As Viewed by Russian Experts in English. The articles are done by the most experiences Russian experts, most of them are the members of the PIR Center’ working group on Global Internet Governance and International Information Security.


Макарова Ольга Вячеславовна image"Rumors concerning the unreliability of the global Internet infrastructure, possible disruptions to global interconnectivity in the event of a cable failure, or the possibility of a cut-off of Russian internet users through a single operator, are greatly exaggerated." — Olga Makarova, director of the Department for Internet and channel resources of the MTS. 


“China as a leader in Internet development and related innovations formed the main leitmotif of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. The country is heavily involved in Internet usage and related innovations to forward economic growth and find solutions for social issues, but, in my opinion, there is a risk of developing the next big bubble.” – Mikhail Medrish, director of the Fund for the support of Internet development “Fund for Internet support”

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Name: Kolesnikov, Andrey V.
City: Moscow
Affiliation: Smart Internet Foundation
Position: Member of the Management Board
Biography :

Andrey Kolesnikov began his career in the field of telecommunications in 1988 being engaged in public initiatives on launching telecommunications bridges between the USSR and the USA.

As a telecommunications engineer in the joint venture of All-Union Research Institute of Applied Automatic Systems (AUIAAS) and "San-Francisco-Moscow Teleport" (SFMT), in 1991, he introduced an e-mail system with direct terminal access and internet channel connecting computers of AUIAAS and research networks in the USA. In 1992 this system became the part of national e-mail system that united Demos, Relcom, Glasnet and other internet service providers.

In 1993 he was among the 8 representatives of the internet service providers who signed an agreement, which led to the delegation of country code top level domain .RU. In 1994 he participated in development of the first license for telematics, and in 1995, he led the launch of the first Russian mass internet service "Russia-On-Line". ROL was the largest internet dial-up access service provider in Russia with access services deployed in more than 80 cities nationwide.

In 2000 Andrei Kolesnikov represented Russia in ECOSOC where he participated in development of the first international concept on information and communications technologies subsequently adopted by the leaders of G8 countries in Okinawa as "Okinawa Charter on Global Information Society.” From 2005 to 2009 he was a Council member of CC TLD .RU, Russian national registry. He served as deputy media director of VympelCom, the Russian telecom giant. In 2009-2015 was CEO of Coordination Center for TLD RU.

Andrey Kolesnikov is a recognized expert and internet activist, and a "Runet veteran.” He is a member of program and expert committees of major Russian internet forums and conferences. In 2010, he became one of initiators of launching Euro-Asian Network Operators Group (ENOG).

At the international level Andrey Kolesnikov advocates Russia’s more active engagement in governance and development of the Internet, represents interests of Russian internet community and regularly contributes to international conferences and global forums, such as IGF, ICANN, RIPE, CENTR, APTLD, ITU meetings, and others. In 2009, Andrey Kolesnikov was elected to gNSO Board and became the first Russian expert who joined ICANN’s governing bodies.