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Multiple internets

Posted by Jesse on February 9, 2008

Just a few links I came across…..thought about this idea a few days ago and did a little digging….

Internets: President George W. Bush first used the word publicly during the 2000 election campaign

History of the internets: In the 1950s and early 1960s

Darpa: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

ARPANET:
was the world’s first operational packet switching network, and the predecessor of the global Internet.

Intranet: Briefly, an intranet can be understood as “a private version of an Internet,”

One Internet, Indivisible
The single, unified Internet we’ve grown accustomed to is fragmenting.
By: Ethan Zuckerman
Western companies have helped accelerate this process by manufacturing the routers and software designed to let foreign governments filter the Internet. Prominent Internet companies based in the U.S. have also signaled that they are willing to work in a world where there are Internets rather than a single Internet. Because Google is routinely blocked by the Chinese firewall, for example, it has created a truncated index called Google.cn for its Chinese customers. The search giant has decided that providing at least some service in China–and disclosing to the rest of the world which searches are censored–is better than simply opting out of the Chinese Internet.

Timboucher.com/journal writes:
It started out with Bush “mis-using” the English language once again, calling it the “Internets” instead of the internet in both the 2000 and 2004 election campaigns. Whether it was an accidental usage, or long-range introduction of trends into the language, the concept of multiple internets is fast gaining ground.

Is the end of the Internet upon us?
By Molly Wood, executive editor, CNET.com
Basically, I’m starting to wonder if the one-Internet-for-all paradigm we’ve enjoyed so far is about to break and if we can expect a future where we all use smaller, private, for-profit or nonprofit, corporate, and/or political Internets according to our various locations and interests. Let me put it this way: it’s all too likely that George W. Bush didn’t misspeak when he mentioned “the Internets.” The military has probably already built an alternate Internet–if not more than one, and it’s looking all too possible that the Net itself is about to fracture into a mess of cliques, privately owned networks, and glorified Usenets.

Antitrust: A Political Weapon
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Strip away the jargon, and it becomes clear that the government wants to nationalize Windows, the operating system that has brought the miracles of online commerce, research, and entertainment to the world. When the government ran the internet, it was a dead system of transfer messages between government offices. Microsoft has shown what private enterprise can do: change the world for the better.

It was a revolting display to see the bureaucrats at the Justice Department cheer Judge Jackson’s decision. Many of these people didn’t even know how to navigate the web twelve months ago, and now they are making decisions for millions of consumers and threatening to smash the company that democratized information. The government, driven by power-lust and fueled by the envy of Microsoft’s competitors, is happy to jam a crowbar into the wheel of commerce.

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One Response to “Multiple internets”

  1. Dave Donaldson said

    Please, please, please understand that in no way did Microsoft or any of its products “change the [Internet] world for the better”.

    People did that naturally, using Microsoft’s and other products.

    In fact, the vast majority of Internet related content and innovation is NOT Windows based, and never has been nor will it ever be. Don’t be fooled by Microsoft’s spin, or even your own perception of what that company brought to the desktop.

    Had there been no Microsoft, the Internet would still pretty much be right where it is now.

    Computing itself might not be quite as straightforward just yet, but even that in short time would have risen to the occasion using BSD, OS/2, Next and Linux, each of which were already capable platforms.

    When we live in a Microsoft dominated world, it’s all too easy to think they brought all this capability and content to our doorstep. But realize most Web content and features are not authored on Windows platforms.

    Microsoft has done an excellent job of claiming every corner of the technology, but in reality they’ve only renamed it, or bought it, or stolen it and added proprietary features that forced it on you.

    Then they sat and met with vendors and independent software developers and locked in deals which prevented competition.

    Microsoft has only four or five profitable products out of 2,000+ (their own admission). The rest keep you thinking they own it all, which is exactly what they want you to think.

    But they don’t. And you’re going to see a lot more users distancing themselves from MS platforms as is now happening in Germany, Africa, India, France and the UK, because they don’t know how to play fair, nor when to quit finding ways to dominate at all expense. Doing that helps only them, and not us. After a while that gets old.

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