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There May Soon Be Three Internets. America’s Won’t Necessarily Be the Best.

There May Soon Be Three Internets. America’s Won’t Necessarily Be the Best.

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  • We may look back at the first 25 years of the modern internet as a precious, naive moment when we could dream of free and open information accessible to anyone. In the US, we have generally enjoyed more liberty and had fewer protections than other places; in China, less liberty; in Europe, more protections

    We may look back at the first 25 years of the modern internet as a precious, naive moment when we could dream of free and open information accessible to anyone. In the US, we have generally enjoyed more liberty and had fewer protections than other places; in China, less liberty; in Europe, more protections.

    Imagine a future on either end of the spectrum, one dystopia where every interaction with the internet - from our eye movements in VR goggles to the twist of our hips when we lean toward an attractive person at a bar - is tracked, analyzed, monetized and weaponized. Imagine another future where the government whitewashes the internet to prevent dissent, preference cronies, track political opponents, and isolate and punish minorities.

    We're at a point where the health of the internet is the health of the society. We desperately need governments and international bodies to come to the table with policies and protections that will ensure openness and privacy, liberty and security, competition and collaboration. The experiment of a better internet is just beginning.

  • Ours will always be the best. It might take a couple years, but we will always be the innovators. It’s the structure of our society. Unless the Marxists take over.

  • There won't be three Internets, that wouldn't make any sense and it would spoil the capacity to capitalize on global audiences. What will emerge though are protectorates or regulation safe Havens. They do exist nowadays like Singapore and other regions where data and servers are regulated in lax ways

    There won't be three Internets, that wouldn't make any sense and it would spoil the capacity to capitalize on global audiences. What will emerge though are protectorates or regulation safe Havens. They do exist nowadays like Singapore and other regions where data and servers are regulated in lax ways. These islands will become more explicit, kind of the Berlin Wall. Hello, you entered the Chinese sector. But I think most underestimate China. If there is money to be made, they'll play ball while they need to. Maybe, the darkest issue is that much of the 5G infrastructure will be produced by China so expect the same level of intrusion and control similar to what Snowden reveled about NSA.

  • "America's won't necessarily be the best." This is REALLY important to appreciate. Innovation is a result of disruption. Disruption is fostered by #entrepreneurs who see that something could be done differently. Better. If the U.S. controlled internet continues to enable ISPs and major media corps to

    "America's won't necessarily be the best." This is REALLY important to appreciate. Innovation is a result of disruption. Disruption is fostered by #entrepreneurs who see that something could be done differently. Better. If the U.S. controlled internet continues to enable ISPs and major media corps to control and monetize the experience, not only will other internets emerge, innovators will break that. The Dark Web, Torrenting, distributed web, peer-to-peer... These aren't just ideas, they're real technologies that exist to overcome the controls of the internet. They aren't going anywhere and can't be stopped. Why are we allowing (asking even) the U.S. government to enable such controlled (closed market) development of the world's most important invention and resource of the last 50 years?!

  • Once upon a time there were only three networks. As time goes on things evolve it seems to be a law of nature.

  • It will be tragic for our World

  • I agree. Only if our politicians would understand this. Sadly the cyber threat always has other ideas. We must have stricter laws CONUS and OCONUS. The internet is a global concern. A global issue. The dark web is a terrible place. If you touched the internet you have no privacy. We have been in a cyber

    I agree. Only if our politicians would understand this. Sadly the cyber threat always has other ideas. We must have stricter laws CONUS and OCONUS. The internet is a global concern. A global issue. The dark web is a terrible place. If you touched the internet you have no privacy. We have been in a cyber war for years. My biggest worry is our SCADA systems. The ability of the cyber threat to get into computer networks and just hide has been going on for many years. And what should be an eye-opener for everyone is the skill by which the cyber threat can hide in that network then execute a command whenever they choose to do whatever they want. Oh, and you may not know it was done for weeks, months, years, if at all.

  • The Google executive that talked about the Chinese internet branching off, told in the idea discussed in this article. While this seems like the trend now, I believe that innovation and entrepreneurship will keep one step ahead of regulation. After all when have parental controls ever kept kids off if

    The Google executive that talked about the Chinese internet branching off, told in the idea discussed in this article. While this seems like the trend now, I believe that innovation and entrepreneurship will keep one step ahead of regulation. After all when have parental controls ever kept kids off if restricted sites? I think that even a big brother state like China will not be able to restrict citizens access indefinitely. Tim Berners Lee's new project with SOLID seems promising for a more idealistic internet. The most concerning thing I think is state sponsored development of 5G infrastructure, that would give them a regulatory leg up in the future.

  • This is wild

  • I had been wondering when this would happen, as national security always posed a concern.

  • Great. We,need one for kids. About Time

  • I agree with any market competition that drives competitive innovation and market value.

  • The internet is a very nebulous concept and it's hard for most people to understand what it actually *is*, but it is a *thing* that had to be invented, and someone could make another one (it's really just a huge computer network after all). Chinese internet would be horrible for what should be very obvious

    The internet is a very nebulous concept and it's hard for most people to understand what it actually *is*, but it is a *thing* that had to be invented, and someone could make another one (it's really just a huge computer network after all). Chinese internet would be horrible for what should be very obvious reasons, and a European internet wouldn't be too great either if recent EU legislation is anything to go by. It's very important for the US to keep its internet regulations up to date (i.e. don't get rid of net neutrality) so that even if "other internets" appear, the original can remain The Internet.

  • I like that. Do you really think we are that close? I haven't decided yet... Am I excited or scared🤔

  • I don’t think we should give up on a ‘free’ and open internet. The internet was built by technical idealists who gave birth to something great, free, and precious. Just because governments want to monitor and censor data doesn’t mean we roll over and give up on the dream. The technically savvy free internet

    I don’t think we should give up on a ‘free’ and open internet. The internet was built by technical idealists who gave birth to something great, free, and precious. Just because governments want to monitor and censor data doesn’t mean we roll over and give up on the dream. The technically savvy free internet crowd is smart and powerful and, as many ways as there are to block and track the public, our community keeps developing creative ways to ensure privacy and foil censorship. We, (USA) as a free democracy, should encourage freedom and not bend to the will of governments and corporations who want to control, monitor, and censor.

  • What's your thoughts?