The internet as we know it is broken. Who did it? Nefarious countries who do not want their citizens to have unfettered access to the rest of the world’s influence. China, Russia, and many others block, inhibit, censor full internet access.
What can be done?
Only Apple can create a better internet. What’s wrong with the internet as it is? China on one side, and the U.S. on the other.
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 watching—you may have to communicate with friends in code. And don’t expect to access Google or Facebook.
The world has two different internets. One that is open and free and full of misinformation, and one that is closed and full of propaganda.
Only Apple can create a better internet.
I advocate an iCloud internet; an Apple owned and operated virtual private network (VPN) which gives access to that part of the internet which is information based, vs. that part which is misinformation based.
If Apple’s walled garden ecosystem smacks of a Disneyesque world, so be it. The internet as we know it– a convolution of restricted and unrestricted content– cannot clean and purify itself, so why not Apple?
Apple can afford to create a multi-tiered iCloud Internet VPN. The first tier would be a gated but sedate community without all the riffraff we see today. I’m OK with a 21st century AOL. The second tier would be Disneyesque in nature; clean, unadulterated, pleasant, but with more R rated content.
The third tier would be a more open but not-quite-completely-open Internet populated with information aplenty and no misinformation. Finally, the last tier would be a complete and open access to the internet with the only saving grace being Apple’s own encrypted VPN.
As it stands now, the internet is going to hell in a hand basket and seemingly becoming worse by the day. Apple’s first steps already are apparent; Texture and News; subscription-based access to the best of information and devoid of the worst.
Since subscription services and apps are all the rage, what is an Apple managed VPN internet worth to you?