Who owns the internet? Who controls the internet and internet data, and who should control it in the future?

The worldwide web was originally developed on ambitious principles: free and universal access, agreed common standards, and consensual, public development. But today those principles are being challenged, as commercial platforms take increasing ownership of aspects of the internet and autocratic regimes fragment the online space.

This article explains the history of the internet, who owns what, and how ownership of internet platforms and infrastructure might work in the future.

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