The US should resist the trend toward a fractured internet, first through the World Trade Organization negotiations, and if all else fails then leading a smaller group of like-minded countries in defense of an open, balanced set of digital trade rules.
Goldman Sachs now believes even more strongly that “technological change is not fully reflected in the real output statistics.” From a bottom-up perspective, there’s all that missing growth from free digital goods. From a top-down perspective, Goldman economists note that the “growth of domestically generated profits and incomes (GDI) is outpacing that of GDP, a departure from earlier decades.”
On this episode, cybersecurity professor Jeff Kosseff discusses his new book “The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet” about the past, present, and future of Section 230.
There’s a perspective on data privacy and control that gets little play in the media: Most people don’t much care. And that’s OK. Rather than viewing digital privacy, or lack of it, as an existential issue of modern life that defines our humanity, we understand and accept the trade-off that drives the internet economy.
As Iranian authorities repeatedly failed to control internet use, Iranian politicians and security experts increasingly began to discuss a national intranet.
While Iran remains one of the most connected countries in the world, its government remains repressive and paranoid about the possibility that unregulated networking could pose a threat to regime survival.
Without Section 230 either the internet becomes a tightly moderated garden where hardly a disruptive thought is expressed or perhaps the opposite. Either outcome would be a drastic departure from the free open internet we enjoy today.
While new encrypted domain name system protocols were designed with the best of intentions, their proposed implementation has moved toward an outcome that was not predicted by the engineers who developed the protocol; it seems likely to become a dangerous data funnel rather than a protector of traffic.