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4 big plans to fix internet security

Fahmida Y. Rashid | May 16, 2016
Internet security is in crisis. These four proposals offer tangible solutions -- including one scheme to change the Internet's workings from top to bottom.

Governments have been trying, especially with recent attempts to pass security privacy laws. Most of them have died quietly in review because they are too complex or aren’t high enough a priority. But the lack of legislation doesn’t mean governments should fail to get involved.

“You have to fix all of it, but no single person can fix it,” Webb says. “I will do my best, if you do your best.”

The road to a secure Internet is paved with lots of great ideas that have flopped right out of the gate or petered out due to lack of interest. Grand plans always sound promising, but they won’t go far if they don’t take into account technical limitations, practical realities regarding deployment, and costs of adoption. The hard part is drumming up support, developing momentum, and eliciting sustained commitments.

“If someone does fix the Internet, my great-great-great-grandchildren will thank them for it,” Webb says.


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