The Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Commented on Zoom's Ban on Selling the Program to State Institutions
OREANDA-NEWS. Russian schools will focus more on domestic software, including the Spherum system. This was stated by the Minister of Education Sergei Kravtsov at a press conference dedicated to the change in the quality of education in Russia, which is being held at the Rossiya Segodnya MIA.
So he commented on the decision of Zoom Video Communications to prohibit its distributors from selling access to the service to government agencies and state-owned companies in Russia and the CIS.
The minister noted that Russia has a domestic system "Spherum". He explained that this is a Russian domestic video conferencing system, so the Russian authorities are ready for any situation, and, of course, they will focus more on Russian software, but, as the minister added, "this is in support of the traditional education system."
The popularity of the Zoom service has skyrocketed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine measures introduced in various countries. The application is used by millions of people. But the service has previously been criticized for security concerns: users have complained about the transfer of their data to Facebook, leaks of videos and personal contact information.