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In War Against The Internet, China Is Just A Skirmish

Publication Date: 
January 18, 2010
The New York Times
Eric Pfanner

Visiting Professor Jonathan Zittrain is quoted from his blog, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, in the New York Times on how issues between Google and China could spur innovations in technology:

In the beginning, there was one Internet, born from American research and embraced by academics around the world. It was in English and homogeneous, operating according to Western standards of openness.

As the Internet grew, it became fragmented and linguistically diversified. It developed borders, across which it now works in different ways.


Jonathan Zittrain, a director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, said Google’s move in China could encourage development of technologies to circumvent local restrictions.

“My hope, and expectation, is that Google engineers who might have been a bit halfhearted about implementing censorship mandates in could be full-throttle in coming up with ways for Google to be viewed despite any network interruptions between site and user,” Mr. Zittrain wrote on his blog, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It.