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Could the Internet splinter?

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If you’re like me you just take for granted that the Internet is here to stay. It connects all of us, and despite its many flaws and failings is arguably a modern day miracle.

So when I read about the prospect that in just a few years the Internet may fracture into a bunch of separate systems it’s cause for reflection. After all, it’s possible. Access to the net is, in the end, provided by governments. And governments can simple shut off the spigot.

Maybe in 5 years we’ll be talking about “Free Internet” pirate signals being broadcast into China, India, Russia, and perhaps other nations.  (As I write this I expect a rebuke on China saying “hey, Dave, that’s already happening”)

Sure hope we can keep it together people!

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Written by Dave Stephens

10/11/06 6:59 PM at 6:59 pm

Posted in Opinion, Technology

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