Fight for control threatens to destabilize and fragment the internet

By Nick Merrill

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By documenting weak points on the net, you could argue that the Internet Atlas Project is publicising a list of targets.

Distributed technologies can happily work on any network you have. Interoperability would be possible as long as networks are bridged and software is available. Any single breach in a regional block can be used to port data in and out.

Data is actually safe anywhere on the net regardless of who owns or controls the infrastructure. The US military could safely store their date on a Chinese government server in Beijing if it was appropriately encrypted.

The main threat to our use of the net and the 'default to open' comes from governments. They are sealing borders, squeezing supply chains and sanctioning trade offline, and increasingly attempting to do the same online. They are also opposed to encryption, which is a bit like ordering everyone to leave their front doors unlocked in the name of national security.

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'data' not 'date'.

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JT, thank you for this article. I actually learn things from many of the Feature articles. (I get my entertainment reading the comments between the leftists and the rightists on the politics articles - especially the articles about American politics.)

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