Governments are rushing to regulate the internet. Users could end up paying the price

(CNN)In early 1996, John Perry Barlow — founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and one-time member of the Grateful Dead — declared the internet to be independent of national governments. Today, Silicon Valley is facing the backlash. Amid widespread concerns over fake news, influence campaigns, cybersecurity and the sharing of violent and extremist content, more and more countries are pushing to rein in big tech. 2019: The year Chinese internet censorship goes into overdrive Free speech concerns Few people would deny that there are major issues with the internet, and that government action is required to fix them. “While the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity …