Splinternet - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Glossary

This term is used to describe the perceived split that is developing on the internet due to the various technologies, economies, and different interests of governments and businesses. Basically everyone is working in their own way, and although common protocols and means of data transmission are used, there are gaps that are widening in the internet due to how people want to use it.

The web is accessible in a wider range of methods, some countries censor internet usage, and businesses continue to implement their own protocols and formats for web technologies - All of this seeks to undermine the standardized features of the internet that its framework was initially built on. There are perceived walls being created everywhere on the internet to serve each individuals own agenda.