Compendium: Why the “Splinternet” is an Alternative to the World Wide Web (WWW)

The Fourth Estate

The rise of the Internet in the 1990s posed serious questions besides the sovereignty of the nation-state in the 21st century. It has introduced the role of Information as a fifth vector in the dynamics of Liberal Capitalist-style Free Trade, the other fourth being goods, services, labor and Kapital. Information, no matter how trivial or malicious, is capable of traveling across international borders on the Internet. So long as there is an Internet connection, there are no limits to where that Information is capable of heading. The consequences of its widespread availability are two-fold as everyday problems in the contemporary world as of late. Economic Nationalism and the proliferation of cybercrime and cyberterrorism will contribute to their effects and provide additional conditions favorable to the Splinternet.

The potential for the Internet to produce endless amounts of trivial Information has made certain corners of the Internet less known than others…

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