Originally written in Fall 2008
Do We Need A New Internet
I did my search on whether we need a new internet. Nowadays there is a lot of concern about internet security and the vulnerability of networks to the attack of hackers. The New York Times had an article on February 14, 2009 by John Markoff discussing whether perhaps the best solution to protect the internet from those seeking to harm others is maybe to start over and build a new internet. Criminal gangs from different parts of the world have released viruses wreaking havoc on computers all over the world, and the anonymity of the internet sometimes makes it hard to track down criminals on the web. With all the advancements that have been made in internet security, others are still finding it easy to limit the progress that has made. Even the American military has found themselves the victims of hackers in the past. Researchers at Stanford believe the time has come to start over and build a new more secure network similar to the internet now but more secure. The big difference and it is a big one is an end to the anonymity that the internet provides. Such a thing would have far-reaching changes to the internet and for the first time in the history of the internet and put potential limits and controls on the internet. There is also no guarantee that hackers would not undermine the new version of the internet, and it potentially would give hackers an even bigger target and goal.