I had the honor and the privilege of keynoting at the Internet Society’s INET meeting in Frankfurt this Wednesday. The topic of the day was “Challenges of the Net” and my key points were three:
One, we can learn from history. Powerful people have always used their power to keep their power. They would rather see the net crippled than let their power shift to the masses.
Two, we need business resilience and judicial resilience for the net. The easiest way to achieve this is by having many, many actors, so that it’s impossible to go after them all. We need to stop having five ISPs to choose from and need to start having 50,000 meshlinks.
Three, the messenger immunity is in grave danger. Some lobby groups are getting into law that the net only needs to carry “lawful” content. But that requires watching what we do online, which is the closest anybody has come to mind reading. Sorting this into legal and illegal is therefore also the closest we have come to thoughtcrime.
Oh! Don’t miss the question in the first minute when I open by asking for a show of hands about how many have heard of the Swedish Pirate Party before, and then move on to ask how many have heard about any other Swedish political party. I usually open like that — just to get off to a good start, and besides, it’s fun.
You can get the slide deck here, if you like.
Attributions for the images used:
Printing press — woodcut, out of copyright.
Rosetta Stone — from skene@FlickR.
Battlestar Galactica poster — courtesy BSG.
Catholic Church illustration — from Wikipedia, photographer Andreas F. Borchert.
Scribe — woodcut, out of copyright, copied from TorrentFreak.
Printing press again — woodcut, out of copyright.
Gallows — from elstruthio@FlickR.
Mubarak joke — unknown, saw first from @Kyrah.
Seagull joke — unknown, floating around the net for long time.
Polaroid camera — from ziopaopao@FlickR
Anonymous — from Wikipedia, photographer Vincent Diamante.
Newspapers — stock image
Train — from Wikipedia, photographer Mike Crowe