A very interesting article by Kevin Limonier and published by GlobalVoices.org on the history of the internet from within the Soviet Union. It is difficult for most of us to relate to the political challenges and dangers encountered in those early days.
Here is a small quote from the article, “Neither the fact that the computer room was surrounded by military guards, nor the fact that Klyosov was forbidden from going abroad had any influence. We can imagine how the situation created by this single connected Soviet computer and its only user might seem paradoxical. Just remember that the Soviet Union in the early 1980s remained a heavily cloistered state, with the authorities attempting at all costs to stop the transfer to the West of any kind of “dissident” cultural products (samizdat publications among them). In such a context, Klyosov’s case was truly exceptional.”