For a long time before Brazil, Angela Merkel and others had awoken to the possibility of networks separate though connected to the currently US-dominated ones, there has been a quiet discussion on "parallel Internets that would be run as distinct, private, and autonomous universes." as extolled by Crews in 2001 when he popularised the term “Splinternet”. While technically a parallel Internet could be distinct and autonomous, it does not necessarily need to be private: indeed it could be just as public and just as accessible as other parts of the Internet.
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Parallel Internets, Another Internet Treaty Or Both? The Next Pieces Of The Internet Governance Jigsaw Puzzle – Part 2