The Internet Is The Internet Because Of The Inter Part
from the just-saying dept
The original idea of the internet is that it connected all of these networks. Hence the "inter-" part. However, as it's grown up, and we've seen things like China's "Great Firewall" and other countries trying to limit aspects of the internet, there's an increasing fear that the internet will get broken up into a series of separate networks, often country-based. It's certainly possible (if not likely), but it's not clear that it should really be a huge concern. Cutting yourself off from the larger internet seems like a strategy that's destined to cause problems long-term for those who choose to separate themselves from the larger network. Just like globalization is a pretty much unstoppable trend, so is a connected internet. You can cut yourself off from the world, but it doesn't make much sense to actually do so. It does a lot more damage to those who cut themselves off than to the rest of the network -- and should eventually lead to pressure to reconnect to the larger internet. Countries smart enough to recognize that they need to trade with the rest of the world, should also realize that communications networks are a part of that process and are unlikely to completely cut themselves off.