When revelations on the level of spying engaged by the NSA came to light, The Guardian's John Naughton predicted "that the days of the internet as a truly global network are numbered." The countdown is over.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has "ordered a series of measures aimed to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet and at greater Brazilian online independence and security [...] ."
While Brazil isn't proposing to bar its citizens from U.S.-based Web services, it wants their data to be stored locally as the nation assumes greater control over Brazilians' Internet use to protect them from NSA snooping.
The danger of mandating that kind of geographic isolation, Meinrath said, is that it could render inoperable popular software applications and services and endanger the Internet's open, interconnected structure.
The effort by Latin America's biggest economy to digitally isolate itself from U.S. spying not only could be costly and difficult, it could encourage repressive governments to seek greater technical control over the Internet to crush free expression at home, experts say.
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