Tech leaders have long predicted a ‘splinternet’ future where the web is divided between the US and China. Trump might make it a reality.
The Trump administration announced a broad plan on Wednesday to block Chinese software from being used on US devices and keep US data off Chinese cloud services.
The plan mirrors China’s “great firewall” that prevents people in China from accessing most US websites and apps.
While the Trump administration’s announcement rocked the world of tech, Silicon Valley leaders have long braced for a “splinternet” that could replace the world wide web with locally contained networks.
Others, like former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, have previously predicted a bifurcated internet, split between China’s internet and the rest of the world.
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We’re closer to a “splinternet” than ever before.
Tech leaders have long warned that the world wide web could come