China and Europe creating their own internet
Europe, America and China — are generating sets of rules, regulations and norms that are beginning to rub up against one another. What’s more, the actual physical location of data has increasingly become separated by region, with data confined to data centers inside the borders of countries with data localization laws.
Unintentional blackouts like the Amazon Web Services created in 2017 are expected be become more common and web users world wide should prepare and protect themselves for the unavoidable information superhighway cracks caused by these privately owned infrastructures.
Powerful platforms like Google, Facebook and ICANN are breaking the internet down into tiny pieces. All these companies at one time pushed for democratic values abroad. Now they’ve become tight-lipped and super greedy, with a me first, me alone attitude that is spreading world wide.
Google deceived a few In 2010, when they shut down its operations in China after it was revealed that the Chinese government had been hacking the Gmail accounts of dissidents and surveilling them through the search engine. What People didn’t know, is that Google was already working out a deal with China to help them build their own Search engine.
The engineers working on the project described surveillance capabilities built into the engine — namely by requiring users to log in and then tracking their browsing histories. This data will be accessible by an unnamed Chinese partner, presumably the government.
Google’s head of search, Ben Gomes, is quoted as saying that it hoped to launch within six to nine months.
Internet censorship and surveillance were once hallmarks of oppressive governments Saudi Arabi, Egypt and china. It’s since become clear that secretive digital surveillance isn’t just the domain of anti-democratic forces. The Snowden revelations in 2013 knocked the United States off its high horse, and may have pushed the technology industry into an increasingly agnostic outlook on human rights. Its relationship with the government isn’t improving, either, when the industry is being hammered by the Trump administration’s continually.
American corporations do little to counteract Balkanization and instead do whatever is necessary to expand their operations. If the future of the internet is a tripartite cold war, Silicon Valley wants to be making money in all three of those worlds.
“This is a world none of us have ever lived in before,” Mr. Gomes told employees. “All I am saying, we have built a set of hacks, and we have kept them.” He seemed to hint at scenarios the tech sector had never imagined before. The world may be a very different place since the election of Donald Trump.
What sorts of ideas and speech will become bounded by borders? What will an increasingly disconnected world do to the spread of innovation and to scientific progress? What will consumer protections around privacy and security look like as the internets diverge? And would the partitioning of the internet precipitate a slowing, or even a reversal, of globalization? We Must protect ourselves now.