2009/02/19

re-design for a «new internet»

Do We Need a New Internet? by NY Times.com:
"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. There was no one central control point and its designers wanted to make it possible for every network to exchange data with every other network. Little attention was given to security. Since then, there have been immense efforts to bolt on security, to little effect."
Problems with openness and security belong to different sides of the same coin: we want the right to open and access information (to infrastructures too) but when implementing this rights and disseminating then does not see everyone obliging the same obligations that come with every right.

Some people are arguing that re-designing the internet infrastructures, what they call «a new internet», calls for a proposal of users abdicating their privacy rights. Still don't know if this feeling for a «new internet» comes only from the US, or if more people from different countries are advocating for the same thing, but I have been listening a lot about this lately. Do you think the solution for a better infrastructure passes by abdicating of our privacy? Are we letting others decide by us? Whose to tell what a «new internet» will be like? What are we making about it?

If we lived in a perfect and homogeneous world of equal rights and obligations, these would come as something «natural». But this is not so. We are (still) not born equal, let alone the inequalities of access to resources, to a proper life, to education, jobs, leisure, housing... freedom (and all the responsibilities that come with it). 

Libraries didn't abdicate privacy in the name of their users and they managed to deal with security issues. Isn't this a false pretext for serving other purposes? Imagine all the information each one of us accesses being recorded and crossed with other information. Imagine to whom could this interest? Who would control and have access to that information? Wouldn't this pose other security concerns?

My feelings are not easy on this. I like sharing my information but I don't like sharing all the information. I feel all of us have the right to decide what's private and what's public about us, in different stages. Don't know about the rest of you...

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