Over a year ago this article appeared in Wired Magazine, and its even more relevant today. It talks about how the best way to minimize the damage caused by decentralized rogue terrorists is to decentralize our vunerabilities. It’s completely obvious. But predicitably the response to the 9-11 tragedy has been a further consolidation of power and control. I challenge anyone who doubts my claim that those who in control have no desire to stop terrorism, to demonstrate how a single one of their so-called “solutions to terrorism”, will actually do anything to stop highly motivated maniacs from doing something like this again. So next time we are attacked by terrorists, think about what this articles proposes, and then watch as the response is exactly the opposite. Then you will see who is really to blame for all the mess we’re in.
What did I tell you, from Destroying the Net by trying to protect it.
The New York Times reports that the Bush Administration is planning to monitor all Net communications. The plan would require ISPs to build a centralized system for surveillance of data and users.This is sheer idiocy, because it will actually increase the risks to the national information infrastructure. From its inception, the Net was conceived as a distributed system that could reorganize around failures (in the case of the original designs, the Net was built to route around damage caused by nuclear weapons). Centralizing all network communications to facilitate surveillance will create a huge, ripe and easily attacked target, reducing the reliability and performance of the Internet on the whole and for each individual user. Likewise, the plan would invade the digital borders of other countries, creating many conflicts that don’t impede communication today.
This is foolishness, utter and complete. The benefits we got from the Net will be obliterated by human stupidity, which, if this plan is adopted, will create barriers between people and nations that are as impenetrable as a Prussian bureaucracy.