Gartner Research

Maverick* Research: Welcome to Your National Internet

Published: 29 September 2016

ID: G00315575

Analyst(s): Eric Ahlm


Nations rely on a digital economy to grow. Government and business IT leaders should question if nations will take a more active role over digital highways to ensure resiliency. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Every Nation — Free or Not — Will Assert More Government Control Over Its Nation's Networks
    • What, Actually, Is the "Internet" That Government Could Control?
  • What Does Nationalizing the Internet Mean?
    • Examples of Governments Asserting Control on Their National Networks
  • The Problem With a Globally Uncontrolled Internet
    • Critical Infrastructure, Noncritical Handling
    • Crime Runs Free in a Digital World With No Borders
  • What Would Drive Support for a Nationalized Internet?
    • National Economic Growth, or Raising GDP in a Digital World
    • A Return to Nationalism
    • National Defense
    • Human Safety
    • Domestic Criminal Law Preservation
  • The (Likely) Political Agendas of National Internet Programs
    • The Digital Economy Growth Agenda
    • The National Cyberdefense Platform
    • The Human Rights Protection Agenda
  • Big Change Takes Bold Moves
    • A Quick Lesson From the Past on Bold Government Reforms
  • Plotting the Course to a National Internet
    • Developing Funding
    • Shared-Service Model
    • Opt-in Protected Citizen Model
    • National Defense Budget Model
  • Plotting the Course for Program Rollout
    • The Strong-Arm Approach
    • The Digital Enabler Approach

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