Is Nationalism Threatening the Future of the Internet? by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Posted in: Governance at 12/08/2019 21:58

Will new “digital nationalism“ lead to internet fragmentation? The short answer is: probably. The longer answer is a bit more complex.

Digital neo-nationalism is growing. Freedom House has titled its annual report Freedom on the Net 2018: The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism. More and more governments are seeing internet-related policy issues through a national lens. They want to control the flow of data that crosses their borders due to a fear that borderless communication will undermine national security, domestic digital economy or local culture.

There is a risk of returning to the borders that the information revolution removed if TCP/IP– and DNS-based networks are embraced globally. Key words are “cyber sovereignty,” “national internet segments,” or “my country first.”

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