In advance of next week's @w3c #TPAC2018 meetings in Lyon, it's worth thinking about how we, as the technical community, can mitigate against the further balkanization of the web.

@torgo @w3c Is balkanization even a technical question, though? (Apart from the necessary decentralization.) Creating technology that would be harder to constrain by laws? Countries can ban any solution, even , etc. Then encouraging civil disobedience? It seems like a predominantly political/social issue to me.

@ondra @w3c well - when we were faced with the issue of pervasive monitoring / surveillance, the technical community came together to come up with technical mitigations against what is essentially a policy issue. This happened at the STRINT workshop which we held in 2004 in London. One of the outcomes of that workshop was a call for more encryption (https). Are there similar technical interventions that could be deployed against balkanization?

@ondra @w3c if we left things up to politicians and policy makers, we would have a play-to-play internet that rigorously enforced national borders and regulatory regimes (more akin to telephone or cable systems).


@torgo @w3c And most countries are still trying to mold the internet into that. :)
But by all means, let's push back from the technology side as well.
combined with distribution via for example, will be much harder to control.


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