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NEW YORK–Internet pioneer Vinton G. Cerf warned Thursday that political and technological forces threaten universal access and integrity, which he described as the foundation of the Internet’s value.

“In my view, fragmentation is destructive of the basic functioning of the Internet. … Fragmentation would be a terrible outcome [and] destroy value …. But we have to work to make sure there is no reason to fragment,” Dr. Cerf said Thursday during a conference on Internet governance and cybersecurity, sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Vint Cerf, who helped launched...
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