February 9th, 2004, 10:28 AM
Net standards. Is it time to start again?
Remake and rebuild
The other approach, and it is one I favour - especially as the parent of two children who both use the net a lot - is to throw away today's network and build a new one, one which can be properly regulated.
It will be a network on which freedom of speech is guaranteed by law, not simply allowed because of technical decisions on network architecture made 30 years ago by a bunch of academic computer scientists. We must never forget that the nature of the internet is not fixed: we created this network and we can change it.