Future of Internet Balkanizing as end of U.S. administration looms

Future of Internet Balkanizing as end of U.S. administration looms
Or -- go ahead and mess with it. It's time.

[Ed. – It’s coming on 1 October, folks.  Look to start losing the relatively open connectivity we have today with nations like Russia, Turkey, and even China.  Use your imagination about what ISIS will do.]

While a coalition of nations, including the U.S., is pushing to turn the Internet into a borderless global entity, others such as Russia and China are pressing to give local governments more control over the flow of data.

How the competing visions play out is “a huge question,” Chris Finan, a former military intelligence officer and adviser to the Obama administration on cybersecurity policy. “We don’t know the answer to that yet.”

Over the past four weeks, the U.S. has inked cyber deals with Japan, South Korea and the Gulf states.

Some were standalone cyber pacts, others part of broader security agreements. All pledged to share more data on hacking threats, exchange military cyber tactics and establish international cyberspace standards.

Meanwhile, in what some saw as a response to the spate of U.S. deals, Russia and China unveiled their own wide-ranging cyber pact. The two — seen as the United States’ two main cyber adversaries — vowed not to hack each other and jointly work to repel technology that can “disturb public order” or “interfere with affairs of the state.”

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