Is the internet falling apart?
Is the internet falling apart? BY ROGER COCHETTI, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 09/29/20 04:30 PM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL The president’s two August Executive Orders banning the mobile app TikTok and the mobile app WeChat , along with the State Department’s major foreign policy initiative for a “clean” internet within the United States are only the most recent signs that the once open, global internet is slowly being replaced by 200, nationally-controlled, separate internets. And, while these separate American, Chinese, Russian, Australian, European, British, and other “internets” may decide to have some things in common with each other, the laws of political gravity will slowly pull them further apart as interest groups in each country lobby for their own concerns within their own country. Moreover, we will probably see the emergence of a global alternate internet before long. Some of this nationalistic dis-integrati