The Myth of a Global Village

He warned: “I think this is one of the key issues and if we don’t address it with sufficient vigour we will get a Balkanisation of the net.”

“There’s a point at which the Chinese will say ‘We have to have domain names in Chinese characters’ and they will set up an independent system.”

Other speakers at the conference felt that in some ways a “Balkanised” internet was inevitable.

Professor Howard Williams, who works with the World Bank, said the debate around future regulation of the web rested on the assumption there would be a single web in the future.

Read Warning over ‘broken up’ internet from the BBC Technology News and  “Balkanization” looms from Ars

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