Cyber espionage and the case for the genetically modified state

Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Marylan...

Big data… big appetite. Getting ahead by any means… the survival instinct written in the DNA of nation-states. Image: Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a recent opinion piece in The Guardian, Professor John Naughton of the Open university argues that the biggest story to come out of the Snowden NSA revelations is that the days of the internet as a truly global network are numbered.

“It was always a possibility that the system would eventually be Balkanised, i.e. divided into a number of geographical or jurisdiction-determined subnets as societies such as China, Russia, Iran and other Islamic states decided that they needed to control how their citizens communicated”, writes Naughton. “Now, Balkanisation is a certainty”.

But is Balkanisation the big deal here? Do the NSA revelations actually change anything? Read more of this piece at DiploFoundation

Also, read this recent analysis piece in the New Zealand National Business Review by Line 21 Project coordinator, Nicholas Dynon: BRAND REPUTATION: Fonterra cast as fall guy

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One thought on “Cyber espionage and the case for the genetically modified state

  1. TheZingR

    Thank you for this post, very interesting. I’m pretty familiar with the nationalistic firewalls and policies that have gone up, but I’d never considered the Internet truly becoming “Balkanized”. Interesting thoughts, keep up the posts.

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