Friday, September 21, 2018

RT — Ex-Google CEO: Internet will split in two, with China controlling half

“I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America,” Schmidt told tech-heads at a private event in San Francisco on Wednesday, organized by investment firm Village Global VC....
Ex-Google CEO: Internet will split in two, with China controlling half


Konrad said...

Meanwhile Russia is creating its own parallel Internet.

Censorship by media giants (e.g. Google) gets worse every day, and is driving people to seek alternatives.

In Oct 2016 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was privatized. ICANN (headquartered in Los Angeles) assigns all Internet suffixes (e.g. .com, .net, .org) plus country suffixes.

When ICANN moves to cut Russia out of the Internet, the world will lose trust in ICANN, and will flock to alternatives.

With the Internet, trust is critical. Every network operator and every Internet device developer trusts that when a phone, laptop, or computer queries a DNS server, it will get a reliable and accurate response. If the response doesn’t come, there is panic. People stop taking the Internet for granted, and start looking for alternatives.

“Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicts that the internet, as we know it, will split in two within the next decade, with one side led by China. Schmidt warned that a Chinese-controlled internet would be subject to the Chinese government's censorship.”

And the U.S. government and U.S. corporations don’t engage in censorship? Facebook and Google purge accounts and video channels every day.

Al-Manar has been banned throughout the West, including Australia. This is a Lebanese satellite television station affiliated with Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government. [Al-Manar's programming consists of 25% music videos and fillers, 25% comedy and drama series, 25% talk shows, and 25% news and family shows, plus sports.]

In March 2006 the U.S. government named Al-Manar a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity.”

In a 2008, Javed Iqbal (a Pakistani who had spent almost all his life in New York City) was sentenced to 6 ½ years for broadcasting the Al-Manar channel in the USA.

But remember: only China has censorship.

Matt Franko said...

This sounds like a good idea.....