Russia is trying to set the rules for the Internet. The U.N. saw through the ruse.

Russia is engaged in a brazen but little noticed effort to set new rules for cyberspace — even as it flouts the existing ones. Last week, in an encouraging step, a United Nations telecommunications body pushed back.

Russia had asked the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to have the group’s 193 member states “discuss the status of global governance system for … Internet domain names, addresses, and critical Internet infrastructure.” In a curt statement Thursday, the ITU said simply that it had “noted the contribution” of Russia. In other words, thanks but no thanks.

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