The death of the global network concept » Tech T100

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My column this week in Invertia is entitled «Russia, goodbye to the global internet» (pdf), and tries to make a chronology of how the origin of the internet as an idea of ​​a global network that interconnected the entire planet was found, first, with a origin in the United States that conditioned a certain predominance of English, later with the blockade of China and its strategy of erecting its great firewallthe imitation of other countries such as Iran or North Korea, and finally, now, with Russia’s attitude towards international sanctions.

The result is very clear, and above all, very evident to a business school professor with some perspective over many years. Increasingly, the citizens of countries like China have been isolating themselves from the rest of the world in their day to day, in the information they access or in their perception of the outside, which results in an increasing difficulty in understanding the visions China versus the rest of the world, and vice versa.

The case of Iran, a country with a middle class with good access to culture and reasonably representative, especially in its urban environments, the halal Internet proposed by your government has had relatively less prestige, but it has also contributed to increasing the isolation of a country from the outside in all senses, as is also the case in other cases such as the kwangmyong from North Korea.

Now, the arrival of sanctions on Russia and the strong censorship implemented by the Vladimir Putin regime has triggered a situation in which Russian citizens will have much less access to news and information from the rest of the world, a situation that is not limited to the internet. , but to the totality of the information media. Russia, through the Federal Service for Supervision of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), has been blocking companies like Facebook or Twitter, and has been building the bubble through which it wants its citizens to be informed, a vision that has been preparing for quite some time.

The intensity of the censorship has also led to various media outlets or content companies such as Netflix also abandoning the Russian market, which increases the divergence and magnitude of the so-called splinternet. In a few days, the app of push to talk Zello and media such as the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe or Deutsche Welle have been blocked from broadcasting both online and through other channels, or have decided, such as ABC, CNN, CBS, Rain Network, Meduza, Novaya Gazeta or Echo of Moscow, suspend their broadcasts for fear of reprisals derived from hyperactive censorship. For all purposes, a new informative, economic and cultural iron curtain.

The result? The global network has become one more casualty of the invasion of Ukraine initiated by Vladimir Putin. The consequences of this death of the idea of ​​a global network can only be seen over time, as the disconnection becomes stronger, normalizes, and the perceptions of citizens in those countries become more divergent.

Clearly, human civilization was not ready for a global network idea like the internet. And that conclusion, as such, I find truly terrible and depressing.

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