Four Internets Require Geopolitical Balancing Act

By Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng, Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at Southampton. 

According to Wendy Hall, viewed through a geopolitical lens, the monolithic, unchanging Internet dissolves into at least four – different models are currently emerging from Beijing, Brussels, Washington and Silicon Valley.

We need to recognise this diversity, while working hard to ensure that standards remain open and governance conforms to common principles. The technology can promote independence as well as social stability across different societies, if it respects the values inherent in them.

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