Is the Internet on the Verge of a Breakup?

The terrible conflict in Ukraine has highlighted the role of digital technologies and put further pressure on the moves toward the break-up of the Internet. As has been pointed out in Dame Wendy Hall’s new book, “The Four Internets”, there is now no single model of the Internet. It has become both a geopolitical tool and a victim of geopolitics. What the Internet means to you and what services you can access depends on where you live.

The internet itself is changing for Russian users – with Twitter and Facebook blocked, TikTok not allowing Russian users to post, and the police reportedly stopping people in the streets to look at what they are viewing on their phones. Now there are questions about whether the conflict may not just alter the world’s geography, but fundamentally change the nature of the global internet.