Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The New York Times Article: Do we need a new Internet?

Do we need a new Internet? It seems we do. Many engineers and security experts believe that Internet security and privacy have become so maddeningly elusive that the only way to fix the problem is to start over. What a new Internet might look like is still widely debated, but one alternative is to create a "gated community" where users would give up their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety.
The Internet’s original designers never foresaw that the academic and military research network they created would one day bear the burden of carrying all the world’s communications and commerce and little attention was given to security. Since then there have been immense efforts were made on security but have little effect.
Eugene Spafford, a pioneering Internet security researcher at Purdue University Said "In many respects we are probably worse off than we were 20 years ago because all of the money has been devoted to patching the current problem rather than investing in the redesign of our infrastructure."

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