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The internet is broken. But we can’t just repair it—we need to rebuild it

The internet we know is breaking. And it’s not because of a technical malfunction.

Many of our dreams and expectations about technology providing a free flow of ideas, capital, and information have been met–to a point. But the litany of unintended (née negative) consequences lengthens. Some say we have created a monster that is eroding our system of government, our society, and our economy. And now we’re collectively reacting.

Governments and regulatory bodies—generally with the support of the governed—are using new laws and policies to recalibrate the largest and most important machine ever built by humans. European leaders are legislating privacy, content, and ownership rights much more aggressively, and there is a growing willingness to penalize violators. China has created a more closely governed regional internet with a “Great Firewall” in place to ensure their content is moderated and tracked in a way that works for them (but makes some users in the West uncomfortable). Russia is exploring whether they can also create their own “sovereign” internet…

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