Blogpril April 10th – Drones, Wifi and the World Part Three: The politics of a global internet

Yesterday and the day before, I wrote about the possibilities of a global internet powered by drone technology, and the work that Facebook has done to make this happen.

Today, I’ve been wondering about what it might take to make this actually happen, and it seems like the main sticking point isn’t anything technological, but rather the political agreements that would need to be in place.

According to the Fortune article that I linked yesterday, Facebook anticipate that they could provide Internet across a 50 km radius from one drone. That doesn’t sound far, but then again, that’s the entire length of some countries. And what happens if it’s near the border, providing wifi coverage over two different countries? Basically, who owns that connection? Who gets access to it? Internet legislation is such a minefield between countries, mainly because, has proved many, many times, governments seem to think the web mysteriously stops at their borders, if they have the right to dictate how other countries use the Internet.

The fact is, “the Internet” does not belong to governments, mainly it belongs to international corporations if it belongs to anyone, and it’s very hard to work out just what you would be legislating, the hardware providing the signal, the signal itself, the people using it? The idea is wonderful, the kind of progress that the international community should be aiming towards, but working this out will take many, many years.

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