The Splinternet: A New Era of Censorship, Surveillance, and Cyberwarfare

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For more than a decade, the internet has become a seemingly borderless land of free flowing information. But not everyone wants the unlimited access to information.
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For more than a decade, the internet has become a seemingly borderless land of free flowing information. It began as a not so open U.S. military data system decades ago, but it evolved over time into the public digital domain it has become.

But not everyone wants the unlimited access to information—something that people in the U.S. have grown accustomed to. Now the digital frontier has a new name: The Splinternet.  

Individual countries around the world want to lay down their own rules about the data that is released to their citizens. As these states slowly carve up the internet for their own purposes, it’s not just the universal aspects of the web that are in jeopardy— some fear the growing aggressiveness of individual states could lead to a potential cyberwar. 

Here to explain is Scott Malcomson, a fellow at the Carnegie Corporation and author of "Splinternet:  How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web."