The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground
The global internet is splitting in two.
One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash. Smartphones are the devices that matter, and users can shop, chat, bank and surf the web with one app. The downsides: The government reigns absolute, and it is watchingâ€”you may have to communicate with friends in code. And donâ€™t expect to access Google or Facebook.
On the other side, in much of the world, the internet is open to all. Users can say what they want, mostly, and web developers can roll out pretty much anything. People accustomed to Chinaâ€™s version complain this other internet can seem clunky. You must toggle among apps to chat, shop, bank and surf the web. Some websites still donâ€™t seem to be designed with smartphones in mind....
It might have lots of conveniences, but is worth it?
Think about the "other internet". It's clunky, you have to use other apps for everything, and there is only a very general uniformity between apps. But I would prefer that over intense government control. The very essence of everything being under one app, is the essence of one company (or government) monitoring the app. I just don't know that I would trade my personal life for internet uniformity...
But of course if you live in China, I guess you don't have a choice...unfortunately ðŸ˜£ðŸ˜£