Every few years somebody comes along and tries to break the internet. Sometimes it's a corporation that thinks it can replace the open network with a more profitable company town. Other times, it's a government that thinks it must tame the online wilds with new laws. Each time, the internet seems to brush off the assault. The network is, after all, simply an idea -- a set of agreements to trade digital signals according to certain rules that over the past two decades produced a new kind of open public sphere, a media commons. That idea has proven highly resilient. …
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