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With the increase in states’ emphasis on sovereignty and power of tech giants (GAFAM), the global nature of the internet has been put in jeopardy. With a rising number of threats on the internet, governments have resorted to limiting the access of their citizens. By limiting access, states try to take back control and gain sovereignty as well as to maintain stability. These goals can be reached by employing different levels of restriction, depending on the goals of the state. Internet service providers (ISPs) also play an unclear role in facilitating the splinternet. Regional tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Alibaba have seen increased power and governmental pressures.

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