14 February 2011

The Inherently International Fallacy

In the two decades I have listened to debate about regulation of the Internet, one theme comes up again and again: "The Internet", I have been told, "is inherently international".

I disagree.

Consider this. What if the Internet had no international cross-border connections at all? Would we have no "Internet"? I don't think so. What would remain would be a series of 100+ "little domestic Internets" that would all (more or less) continue to function at a technical level.