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Why Silicon Valley Shouldn’t Work With the Pentagon – SCOTT MALCOMSON author of SPLINTERNET in The New York Times

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Is Silicon Valley going to war? In 2013, Amazon beat IBM for a contract to host the United States intelligence community’s data cloud. Microsoft now markets Azure Government Secret, its cloud-computing service designed specifically for federal and local governments, to the Defense Department and intelligence agencies. And last year, Google signed a contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven, a pilot program to accelerate the military’s use of artificial intelligence.

Read the full article here.

“Will the Public Internet Survive?” SCOTT MALCOMSON in The Nation

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

“Malcomson’s “Splinternet,” a cyber-realm disintegrating along geopolitical fault lines, isn’t a rupture of the World Wide Web, but rather a pointed reminder of the inescapability of this global condition.”

To read more, visit The Nation.

Scott Malcomson’s SPLINTERNET made the shortlist for getAbstract’s International Book Award 2016

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

From 10,000 books in consideration, Scott Malcomson’s Splinternet, has made the shortlist for getAbstract’s International Book Award 2016, conferred in October at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

“getAbstract recommends his compelling overview and fascinating anecdotes to students, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers who will benefit from this overlooked story’s rich information on where the Internet came from and cautionary notes about where it’s going.”

To read more, visit getAbstract

“Did the Cold War even end?” SCOTT MALCOMSON for The Huffington Post

Friday, May 6th, 2016

At the Moscow meeting last week, Lu Wei, the head of the Chinese delegation and the Communist Party’s Internet security chief, said, “Now our countries are faced with an aggressive media propaganda. Therefore, we should pay serious attention to verification and filtering incoming information.”

To read more, visit The Huffington Post.

“If Washington continues to abandon its commitment to the open Internet, the dreams of digital innovators around the world will be crushed.” SCOTT MALCOMSON reviewed in The Wall Street Journal

Monday, April 18th, 2016

“Mr. Obama once famously declared that government, not entrepreneurs, had built the Internet. That wasn’t true, but his actions have proved a different point: If Washington continues to abandon its commitment to the open Internet, the dreams of digital innovators around the world will be crushed.”

To hear more, visit The Wall St Journal.

“A great piece of contemporary history” Netopia reviews SPLINTERNET

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Scott Malcomson’s recent book Splinternet. How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web is a great piece of contemporary history. Its aim is nothing less than to tell the story of the Internet – giving credit both to technology and politics, eccentric individuals and the anarchic cyberspace counter-culture of the 1980s.

To read the rest of the review, visit Netopia.

Was the nationalization of the web inevitable? SCOTT MALCOMSON explains on The Guardian

Monday, April 4th, 2016

In some cases, internet sovereignty can mean a state protecting its citizens’ privacy against international corporate surveillance or infiltration by another state. In other cases, it can mean the state ensuring that it can invade the privacy of its citizens whenever and however it likes. The choices made depend on the state, but that of course is the point: it’s the state that decides. Was this inevitable? Perhaps.

To read the rest of the article, visit The Guardian.

“An excellent account of much of the historical origins of the World Wide Web and the disparate forces involved in its creation” SPLINTERNET reviewed in boundary2

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The implicit premise of this valuable book is that “we study the past to understand the present; we understand the present to guide the future.” In that light, the book makes a valuable contribution by offering a sound and detailed historical survey of aspects of the Internet which are not well-known nor easily accessible outside the realms of dedicated internet research. However, as explained below, the author has not covered some important aspects of the past and thus the work is incomplete as a guide to the future. This should not be taken as criticism, but as a call for the author, or other scholars, to complete the work.

To read the rest of the review, visit boundary2.

The Economist praises SPLINTERNET as “an illuminating survey of the past and future of the internet”

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

As Scott Malcomson writes in “Splinternet”, an illuminating survey of the past and future of the internet, [the internet] was developed “by the US military to serve US military purposes”. In fact, nearly every technology that makes smartphones so delightful started life as a tool of war. The Washington naval treaty, signed soon after the first world war to limit the size of warships, was silent on the matter of weaponry; that provided the impetus to develop machines capable of the complex mathematical calculations required to aim and fire guns accurately. The attack on Pearl Harbour spurred what would become the first computer with an operating system. The computer screen came from the need for radar-tracking screens.

To read the rest of the review, visit The Economist.

Inc. editor interviews SCOTT MALCOMSON about SPLINTERNET

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

To watch the interview, visit Inc..

Charlie Rose interviews SCOTT MALCOMSON

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

One of the big secrets of Silicon Valley in the ’70s and ’80s was that it combined so much money, so much power, so much idealism, so much technical creativity, and a complete ignorance of its own will to power.

To watch the full interview, visit Bloomberg.

On WNYC’s “The Takeaway,” SCOTT MALCOMSON warns about the coming of the SPLINTERNET

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

I think that as governments increase their dependence on the Internet and networked computers for the projections of force, then they will begin to seek or they are already seeking ways to attack each other’s computers.


My greatest worry is that as these very nervous militaries of major countries who depend on this technology for major military functions now—such as directing aircraft, directing fire—that their dependence will create a kind of insecurity that will reach a point where they want to strike others’ machines, thinking that they’re only hitting machines, but that this could then trigger a conflict that would involve human bodies as well.

To listen to the full interview, visit WNYC.

“The Internet is edging closer to the Splinternet.” SCOTT MALCOMSON explains why the days of the universal Internet are numbered

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

The Internet is edging closer to the Splinternet. The leading Republican candidate for U.S. president, Donald Trump, has referred to “closing” the Internet in areas where the U.S. has enemies, while China’s president, Xi Jinping, reasserted, at the second World Internet Conference (WIC) in China last week, that each state has a sovereign right to control what its citizens can and can’t do in cyberspace. The control by a state of “its” Internet has long been advocated by Russia’s government, while the European Union, following an October decision by the European Court of Justice, has released a General Data Protection Regulation that will determine how non-EU companies can market to or monitor EU individuals. That four such distinct political cultures could, for a mix of political, ethical, commercial and security reasons, all reach the same conclusion — that the map of the political world should become the map of cyberspace — suggests that the days of a universal Internet are numbered.

To read the rest of the article, visit The Huffington Post.

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