A new interview with Pavel Durov: about Russia, about security and global trends

    The British publication Dazed yesterday, April 2, 2015, published an interview with Pavel Durov, the founder of VKontakte and the CEO of Telegram.

    Megamind provides the most interesting quotes and facts from the interview.

    In 2006, when Vkontakte appeared, Russia was in a free Internet space that was not controlled by the government in any way.

    There was much to be done in such a situation. The government did not pay any attention to the Internet, and perhaps such inattention is the most underestimated function of any government on our planet.

    How has Russia changed since then?

    The increased political activity of the opposition in Runet led to the fact that the government issued laws restricting both users and providers.

    Durov did not agree with the Kremlin’s policies and refused to cooperate with him. So, for example, he did not close the pages of the opposition. Moreover, he refused to provide the authorities with the data of people who staged rallies in Ukraine. This led to the fact that last spring Durov was fired from his own company.

    Facebook has shown willingness to collaborate with the government. So, the page of Alexey Navalny was recently closed. What is your opinion on the future fate of Facebook? Can such actions lead to a significant drop in attendance?

    Facebook as a service is far from perfect. He is no longer enjoying success with the younger generation. However, so far they have managed to buy all their serious competitors. I think this will not always be the case. There are companies that are not for sale. Telegram is one of them.

    What are the differences between Telegram and other messengers?

    You can do so much with Telegram: use it simultaneously on several devices, including laptops and tablets, send huge videos, search instantly among all your messages, set a timer for self-destructing messages, process photos, reply to individual messages in a group chat, set additional passwords and so on. That was what WhatsApp was supposed to be, but could not.

    The main thing is that all messages in Telegram are encrypted very reliable and really provide privacy of correspondence.

    What do you think about the systing movement, whose participants want to establish floating city-states, the so-called "startup countries"? Balaji Srinivasana, one of the participants in the movement, said last October: “We want to show how a society under the leadership of Silicon Valley would look like.”

    I fully support them. This world definitely needs more experimentation and innovation when it comes to education, taxation, migration policies, elections, and so on.

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