Will countries remain important?

Tomorrow’s digital world will be trans-border. As we grow into global lives we will continuously connect, work and digitally live in many countries. But nations, governments and laws are limited to their physical geography and borders. An inevitable divergence will develop between limited national laws and governments, and tomorrow’s trans-border world.

 

What’s the role of government in tomorrow’s trans-border digital worlds?

 

The Internet began as a U.S. government project. Then it took on a life of its own. Now we’re becoming a Digital Earth. Is there a role for government in tomorrow’s fully digital, trans-border world?

Government has a core problem, a core issue. That issue is that government is based upon geography and physical boundaries.

Countries with governments, laws, and programs are going to remain extremely important. You have to have physical countries, boundaries and protection. A good example is Israel. If the people of Israel did not have a government, they would be dead.

The same goes for every country, and it includes Americans at home and abroad. There are people who love the idea of ending America or killing its people.

What happens to freedom around the world as a result? It’s a huge impact on the future of the world if there is no country carrying the flag, literally, for freedom, for democracy, for people, for their rights.

Countries will remain important, but at the same time, as you and I and everybody becomes a global, digital person, we become trans-border.

As we move into a trans-border Digital Earth, we will soon add digital reality next to physical reality.

Fundamentally, digital reality is similar but it’s also different. Government is going to want to have the role of being able to define and shape digital reality.

But that will be difficult. Digital reality is going to want to be able to say, “But we work differently than we do inside of a single country, because there are no longer local borders, local laws and a single geography.”

 

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