Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fear of surveillance and turf-protection could lead to break-up of Internet as we know it


There’s increasing talk of a “breakup of the World Wide Web” or of a “federated Internet” these days. 
Countries want certain kinds of data hosted only on servers within their borders.
  
And some African or other third world countries want a model where content senders pay a tariff on ata sent into their countries.  This was a measure associate with the ITU and was never brought to a vote.  A lot of this material is discussed in an Atlantic Monthly article “The End of the Internet? How regional networks may replace the World Wide Web?”, by Gordon M. Golstein, here
   
Back in Nov. 2013, the Guardian had published an article “NSA Surveillance may cause breakup of the Internet”, by Matthew Taylor, Jemima Kiss and Nick Hopkins, here

But the biggest incentive seems to be foreign governments that don’t want some data published and self-distributed at all. “The right to be forgotten” seems to enter this discussion. 

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