A statement of immense geostrategic importance is noted by The Wall Street Journal:
In a full-page spread on the Monday, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece newspaper laid out China’s position on how the Internet and its supporting infrastructure should be dealt with across the globe.
The page featured interviews with five Chinese experts, including the so-called “father” of China’s Great Firewall Fan Binxing. The upshot: They believe each country should have ultimate power to determine what Internet traffic flows in and out of its territory. It’s a concept China has termed “Internet sovereignty,” and though the opinions of each expert in the article varied, the core message is that each nation should have the right to govern the Internet as it sees fit.
The only absolutely safe forecast at this point: It’s going to be complicated.
ADDED: Surely related —
Conceived of by the Pentagon in order to keep lines of communication open after atomic attack, the Internet has become a threat. Humankind has once again outsmarted itself. We now need confidence in our ability to find a way to neutralize the enemy. (Good luck with that.)
ADDED: The Diplomat strangely downplays the defensive character of the initiative.