We will spread ourselves across the planet

In my most private moments, I still dream of and hope for an Internet from February 8, 1996:

“Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”

Twenty years later, we are in a much different place.