The internet radically changed the world because of its lightning fast speeds in transferring information from one place to the other. Networks transfer information into different areas of the world. However, because of the spying activities of the United States, many countries have tried to put some restraints in the way information is transferred from one place to another. This led to fears of the splintering of the world’s networks, or the balkanization of the internet.
Would it be beautiful to live in a world with networks that will require official access from government monitors before it comes through? Maybe not because changes in the information will distort the truth as the “raw” data is yet to be seen. The internet the world enjoys today is as raw and truthful as it could be, not unless corporations have sponsored several blogging or news website for use to their advantage.
Balkanized internet will also affect the evolution of the technology. Issues in China regarding Microsoft finally retiring Windows XP has many users worried since the country has not migrated to the newer operating systems due to China’s closed-door policies. If this happens everywhere, the world’s internet may evolve at a very slow pace.
In the end, the world will slow down. Small businesses will also lose their opportunity to reach out to larger markets. In the end, privacy is still a high price in the name of progress.