Cyber Balkanization

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The splinternet (also referred to as cyber-balkanization or internet balkanization) is a characterization of the Internet as splintering and dividing due to various factors, such as technology, commerce, politics, nationalism, religion, and divergent national interests. “Powerful forces are threatening to balkanise it”, writes the Economist weekly, and it may soon splinter along geographic and commercial boundaries.[1] Countries such as China have erected what is termed a “Great Firewall“, for political reasons, while other nations, such as the US and Australia, discuss plans to create a similar firewall to block child pornography or weapon-making instructions.[1]

Clyde Wayne Crews, a researcher at the Cato Institute, first used the term in 2001 to describe his concept of “parallel Internets that would be run as distinct, private, and autonomous universes.”[2] Crews used the term in a positive sense, but more recent writers, like Scott Malcomson, a fellow in New America‘s International Security program, use the term pejoratively to describe a growing threat to the internet’s status as a globe-spanning network of networks.[3] As of 1st of November 2019, Russia has enacted the Independent Internet Law and arguably have started legal balkanisation of the Internet.[4][better source needed]

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