Internet to split in TWO with half run by CHINA, former Google boss says

Friday, September 21, 2018
By Paul Martin

CHINA will lead half of the internet by 2028, with the web splitting in two branches competing against each other, the former head of Google warned.

Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicted China and the US will each lead a distinct internet.

The tech guru praised China’s “fantastic leadership in products and services”, and deemed more than plausible to have the country part of the internet in the near future.

Speaking at a private event in San Francisco on Wednesday night convened by investment firm Village Global VC, Mr Schmidt said: “I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America.

“If you look at China, and I was just there, the scale of the companies that are being built, the services being built, the wealth that is being created is phenomenal.

“Chinese Internet is a greater percentage of the GDP of China, which is a big number, than the same percentage of the US, which is also a big number.

“If you think of China as like ‘Oh yeah, they’re good with the Internet,’ you’re missing the point. Globalisation means that they get to play too.

“I think you’re going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China.”

However, a Chinese-led internet would carry not only a new set of expertise but also higher levels of censorship.”

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