Blog Post

The Internet’s Future As A Single Global Network Is Challenged

Without getting heavily into internet inside baseball, Joi Ito, ICANN board member and chairman of Six Apart Japan, explains why we should all care about actions that could split the internet into silos. Writes Ito, “It is the fact that we have a single root and that we have global policies and protocols which allows the Internet to be a single network and allows anyone to reach anyone else in the world.”

He doesn’t mention business but a splintered internet could further complicate life for internet companies that want to reach beyond their country of origin or rely on communicating via the web with people around the world. It’s also worth noting that language and government regulations already divide people online to varying extents.