The Internet risks fracturing into quarters

Most of us have lived with the Internet, through its most common application, the World Wide Web, for a quarter of a century. It seems as reliable as electricity or drinking water, and it is recognised as critical infrastructure.

But the Internet is not as substantial as it appears - it depends on a precarious balancing act behind the scenes, where technical problems are addressed in the midst of political squalls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline 'The Internet risks fracturing into quarters'. Print Edition | Subscribe