The age of globalization brought with it the innovation of internet which, today, stands to be divided paving way for splinternet. Splinternet, in simple terms, could be explained as breaking off the internet into various regional intranet networks, each adhering to the set of laws governed by its respective countries.
With internet becoming splintered, access to information is getting curbed, public channels of communication are getting regulated and populations risk the chance of being isolated. The digital boundaries are threatening the liberal global order, causing a disruption of the democratic systems and leading to prevalence of authoritarianism across the nations.
The balkanization of the internet into various government-conformed realities, threaten the openness and global reach which form the very foundations of the internet innovation. The reality of splinternet was predicted as early as 2008 by a number of technology bloggers.
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