German telecom wants to create Germany-only Internet

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After the Edward Snowden leaks that brought to light what the NSA is up to, many countries are now quite apprehensive towards the United States. Things have gotten so bad that a German telecom, Deutsche Telekom, is rallying other German communication networks to join forces to create a Germany-only Internet. This isn’t the first time we’ve come across a similar plan. Recently, the Brazilian president claimed she wanted to move away from American Internet in favor of Europe.

While many folks who are against the America spying might see this move as a good thing, in reality, it isn’t. You see; cutting off traffic from the United States would render social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Google search useless. It would also destroy the open nature of the Internet, along with sending several companies out of business. So yes, this isn’t the correct move to make, but we can understand why Deutsche Telekom wants this to happen.

Furthermore, if other countries should follow suit with this plan, it could usher in a Balkanisation of the Internet.

Usually, control over Internet traffic is seen in countries such as China and Iran, and as you might have expected, using the Internet is not as fun as it can be in those countries. Good luck watching your nightly porn flicks in Iran, because that’s never going to happen.

We as Internet users are not interested in being controlled and bogged down. So right now we’d prefer to see nations working together to quell the problem instead of creating separate a Internet, because that’s nasty.

[via Reuters, image via Litteration]

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  1. clockmendergb

    Obviously breaking up the internet is not a good thing for us the citizens
    Why
    because we are better informed about whats going on in the world and we are able to see how our countries are doing in relation to others.

    Now for the conspiracy theory
    Modern governments hate an educated population.
    because its harder to use hype(Western term for Propaganda)to keep us in line.
    And harder to stop the leaks becoming known by the little people

    The idea that the US Companies will suffer is funny really.
    They will be quick to cry foul but of course .

    ATT was the first one to be caught sending all the web info through dedicated lines to secret rooms (since found to be government controlled )

    Then its comes to light that all of the major players are working hand in hand with the government not only to hand over our private information but use it as an excuse to collect even more and open us up to even more government intrusion.

    I have no sympathy with any of them.
    Each have just become another government contractor (Like Blackwater .) that are being used to expand the capabilities of the official agencies.

    Its a sad time in the “Free World” when we learn we are no better than the ones we are quick to criticize

  2. Webman

    In Germany there are already German-only email services, such as web.de and mail.de which one can only register from within Germany, with mail.de one must even have a German landline phone number to be able to register, so noting new here.

  3. Machar

    @Darcy – You obviously don’t understand it right. Deutsche Telekom, together with many other organisations and governments, are simply adding the US government to the list of undesirable hacking sources. Of course, other hacking groups aren’t working directly with major (US) software and technology companies to ensure back door access to users’ data. To make it worse, the NSA are crap at keeping secrets, compared with most other groups out there, and they’re supposed to be part of the international alliance /combating/ black hat hacking.

    Major fracturing of the Internet would be a terrible thing IMO but we can expect to see increasing international attempts to block such an easily identifiable source of malware if untrustworthy US government departments continue with their (inept) nefarious activities.

    If they would limit themselves to spying on their own citizens it would be understandable. After all, Hollywood and the American ‘entertainment’ industry are always showing us how many evil, corrupt criminal organisations there are in the USA, from the Mafia to white supremacists and South American drug cartels. And Hollywood can’t possibly be wrong, can it? :p

  4. Darcy

    So if I understand this right, they are not concerned with Hidden Lynx, the mercenary hackers in China, Al Qaeda, or any other government spying, but the second it looks like the US does the same it’s a problem? This is not to say I agree with the US spying on anyone, especially our own citizens, but I fail to see why we should be blamed more than anyone else.