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‘Own Internet network disastrous’

Countries trying to build and operate their own interned system are on a ‘road to disaster’, a top Pentagon official said given that Iran and China are making such an effort.

‘Any country that builds and operates its own Internet devices and infrastructure, I think, is on a road to disaster,’ General Keith Alexander, Commander of US Cyber Command, told a meeting of US Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, explaining that such countries would lag far behind the rest of the world.

‘The great thing about the Internet that has been developed is the interconnectivity, the ability to take in some of the devices that we have. The government sees this as incredible opportunity – commercial, off-the-shelf technology that we can use; working with them, how we make mobile-secure solutions,’ he said.

‘So if you don’t have a network that can meet those things, what you have is a network that will quickly lag behind the rest of the world because you’re not able to integrate all the pieces in it,’ he said, emphasising that an open infrastructure here is absolutely vital to the future.


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