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Schneier: The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back.

wabrandsma (2551008) writes | about a year ago


wabrandsma (2551008) writes "Quoting Bruce Schneier in the Guardian:

The NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it

Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us. This is not the internet the world needs, or the internet its creators envisioned. We need to take it back. And by we, I mean the engineering community.

Yes, this is primarily a political problem, a policy matter that requires political intervention. But this is also an engineering problem, and there are several things engineers can – and should – do."

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Short-term memory, have ye? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44769241)

I mean, you COULD easily say that engineers built the internet under contract from the government and that we've effectively been squatting ever since (well, "squatting" inasmuch as most squatters don't get away with chasing the rightful property owners away with shotguns any time they come back, like we seem content to metaphorically do every time they change the decorations), but I guess that doesn't sound as revolution-building and call-to-actiony as "we built this place, and there's some 'social contract' nonsense that feels right to us this week, never mind actual history".

Thwart telecomm companies (1)

Alien7 (310889) | about a year ago | (#44770299)

The free point to point mesh internet needs to become a reality. The internet will never be free and open if it is controlled by massive telecommunications conglomerates, we need an internet that relies on a P2P network of high powered wireless devices. The original computer networking relied on direct ham radio connections between points, if this method could be improved with higher bandwidth and disseminated on citizens band frequencies so the FCC couldn't touch it we could make the internet as untraceable as a Tor network. This is a challenge for engineers concerned with the direction internet regulation is going. With private space travel becoming a reality one could even foresee a network that relies on private satellites outside the jurisdiction of any nation, and the only cost to access it would be that of the devices you use to connect.

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