Viewing Where the Internet Goes [NYTimes.com]
Can the Internet be governed effectively?
I’m deliberately arguing that new institutions are not necessary.
How significant is the danger that the Internet will be balkanized, as critics of the I.T.U. fear?
Balkanization is too simple of a concept. There is an odd mix of permeability and impermeability in the Net. You won’t be able to communicate with everyone, and not every application will be accessible to everyone. We will be forced to lose the basic and simple notion that everyone should be able to communicate with everyone else.
I’m disappointed that the idyllic and utopian model of everyone being able to communicate with everyone else and do what they want to do will be — what is the right word? Inhibited is the wrong word, because it sounds too widespread — maybe variable is the best way of saying it. End-to-end connectivity will vary depending on location.