The splinternet, also known as cyberbalkanization, refers to how governments split the World Wide Web into national internets.
It’s not just authoritarian countries trying to bend the global web to national values. The same social media companies that gave rise to unrest in the Middle East have come under fire in the West for allowing their services to be used to promote hatred and terrorism. In response, England and Australia have recently passed laws demanding tech firms provide easier access to web users’ communications.
Sometimes I think that in the future there will be no internet. There won’t be a web browser, there will just be apps that are easier to censor and control.