With the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that he wants a “clean” internet. He means that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the US. Critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up of the global internet. The so called “splinternet” is generally used when talking about China, and more recently Russia. The idea is that there’s nothing inherent or pre-ordained about the internet being global.
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