What is Splinternet?

Phenomenon that involves the existence of various local internet networks, divided by the geographical frontiers of different countries and regulated by national laws, which results in the fragmentation of the World Wide Web as it exists today, instead becoming a series of internets which are administered as parallel universes, each one autonomous, separate, and private. Examples of the splinternet phenomenon are the control of content by the authorities in China, or the blocking of certain U.S. media outlets to users located in Europe as a result of the new data-protection law (General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR) approved by the European Union.

Other denominations:
Internet Balkanization, divinternet, divided internet, fragmented internet

 
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