US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a “clean” internet.
What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the US.
But critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up of the global internet.
The so called “splinternet” is generally used when talking about China, and more recently Russia.
The idea is that there’s nothing inherent or pre-ordained about the internet being global.
For governments that want to control what people see on the internet, it makes sense to take ownership of it.
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