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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:23 pm

If censorship = damage, damage = ?

Filed under: We're so screwed — Lex @ 10:23 pm

One of the most popular memes in the early days of widespread Internet availability to consumers was the notion that the ‘Net would empower free-speech movements worldwide because “the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”

Which raises the question: How does the Internet interpret damage? I don’t know of a good metaphor for the answer, but unfortunately, the routing-around? Not so much.

Worse still, apparently it’s entirely possible that what happened in the Bay Area was a deliberate attempt to try to map choke points by which widespread Internet service disruptions could be created with relatively little effort.

This is scary because, on a number of levels, the Internet has become as important as the electrical grid. And it highlights the need for a significant upgrade in ‘Net infrastructure, an area that deserved a far bigger chunk of the stimulus package than it got (which, as far as I can tell, was essentially zero).

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