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Re: Kaspersky wants to make Tor illegal and supports a globalized policed internet.

On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 9:04 PM, John Case <case@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Oct 2009, Jacob Todd wrote:
>>> I'd like to change the design of the Internet by introducing
>>> regulation--Internet passports, Internet police and international
>>> agreement--about following Internet standards. And if some countries
>>> don't agree with or don't pay attention to the agreement, just cut
>>> them off.
> Let's say this is successful ... it will simply lead to a parallel, mostly
> wireless network that is even more decentralized than the current Internet.
>  How much does it cost these days to link 10mbps across 10 km ?
> In a few years, with "n" hardware flooding the market, how much will it cost
> to link 100mbps across 50 km ?

Agreed. You would think a man at the head of an Internet Security firm
would have a better understand of Internet vs. internet. His comment
about the Internet being "designed" illustrates to me that he doesn't
actually know much about the history of networking, and apparently
doesn't even have a good understanding of how ad-hoc these things
really are.

Anyway, like I said, I totally agree with your point. If The Internet
is restricted in such ridiculous ways as Kaspersky suggests, then
other internets will just spring up to replace it. Maybe to this end
we should all make an effort to establish de-centralized networks in
our own worlds: connect a few neighbors together with CAT5, or hell,
even RS232, and you've got a network. Connect one of these to the
neighbors on the next block, and you've got an internet. How about
Sneakernets? Onion routing by snail-mail and courier? Packet
transmission by encrypted email? The Internet grew out of nothing,
once, and that when network theory was only in its infancy. There's no
reason we couldn't go it again.


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