Cyberbalkanization and the Future of the Internets


Aug 27, 2018 · 15 min read

Balkanization — the division of a region or body into smaller mutually hostile states or groups

Catalysts of fragmentation — the global internet is the US internet

ARPANET was the precursor to the internet, created and maintained by the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a highly-robust military communications network.

Catalysts of fragmentation — (centralized) data is the new oil

“Undetectable mass social influence powered by artificial intelligence is an existential threat to humanity. The phenomena differs in traditional attempts to shape cultural and political phenomena by operating at scale, speed and increasingly at a subtlety that eclipses human capacities.”

Julian Assange

Catalysts of fragmentation — Snowden and the US global surveillance apparatus

“You could read anyone’s email in the world, anybody you’ve got an email address for. Any website: You can watch traffic to and from it. Any computer that an individual sits at: You can watch it. Any laptop that you’re tracking: you can follow it as it moves from place to place throughout the world. It’s a one-stop-shop for access to the NSA’s information.”

The rational case for cyber-secession

Balkanization Now — The rise of the internet ‘walled gardens’



“We all know who the chief administrator of the global internet is. And due to its volatility, we have to think about how to ensure our national security…It’s not about disconnecting Russia from the World Wide Web, it’s about protecting it (Russia) from possible external influence.”


The perils of a cyberbalkanized world

Cyberbalkanization will fundamentally be a triumph of the state over the individual right to free expression, free access to information, and freedom from intrusive surveillance.

Decentralization and the hope for a free future


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