Kaspersky lab made a terrible prophecy about the internet.
The Voice of Russia: Death of global web: Internet will end in 2014 - Kaspersky Lab
According to Alexander Gostev, an expert at the Kaspersky Lab, the next year will the end of the world wide web. He comments that each nation will have to restrict the access to the internet for some reasons.
Indeed, China has a control upon using the internet now. The Russian government seems to be going to establish a similar legislation.
It is not surprising. Free access is usually opposed to the reign of a certain government. Recently, I heard the news that the Egyptian government prohibited the internet access. Although Japan is one of the most opened countries regarding the information, there was the era of national isolation for 300 years.
He also referred to Bitcoin. This P2P currency is accompanied with a great risk for the world economy. The right of coinage is an essence of a nation. If this decisive power is attacked by the internet, a nation will become extremely vulnerable. You can understand this matter remembering the influence of hyper inflation actually occurred in some countries.
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The Gostev's idea is hardly to be dropped. The fact that Kaspersky is one of the most reliable antivirus defenders also enhance the credibility of his thought.
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Nonetheless, it is difficult to believe the coming death of the internet.
It is certain that attempts to enclose valuable information in a certain region will accelerate. Some SNSs such as Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and so on are competing each other to gain the customers. Each service is hesitating to give the information including it. In addition, a lot of providers are willing to develop pay-per-view services. The internet is no more a flat world.
On the other hand, massive power to break the border is rising. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have shaken the entire world. Both the US and Russia have a tough time to deal with these two persons. It is the power of the internet. Anonymous also could breach the barrier created by a government.
Therefore, I cannot believe that a nation can take a control on the internet and the whole individual in 2014. Rather, the meaning of the nation will be forced to change, I predict.
It is interesting that Obama made a speech to emphasize the importance of programming skill for the youth. Perhaps can he see the future?