A New Model Internet | Edinburgh Science

Join our discussion about the rise in state control over our internet, and what that means for the future.




Author and foreign correspondent James Griffiths joins internet pioneer Ian Ritchie for a conversation confronting the oncoming spectre of nation states being given cyber sovereignty. China’s New Internet Protocol would rebuild the nation’s web from the ground up to be controlled from the top down, making the Great Firewall global. But in an age of digital extremism and disinformation, more liberal countries are also turning to centrally controlled models to try to combat cybercrime. Might this herald the end of the internet as we know it? and is that a bad thing?

Ian Ritchie is the non-executive chairman of Tern plc, Computer Applications Service, and Krotos; he is a board director of Shotscope Ltd., and was chairman of iomart Group plc from 2008-2018. He serves on the board of the National Theatre of Scotland, and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). He founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext technology (a forerunner to the World Wide Web) and which was sold to Panasonic in 1989. Since then he has been involved in more than 50 start-up high-tech businesses. He writes a column in Scottish Business Insider magazine and his TED talk has been viewed more than 600,000 times.

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Jul 09 2021


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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