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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Neither safe nor secure on the Internet

Perspectives | CNET News.com: "Most of us don’t like speed limits, but we accept the rules of the road because they represent the reasonable application of oversight and practical insight.
Recent congressional hearings underscore the intense interest of policymakers in a similar debate regarding the Internet as the cyberspace superhighway.
The domain name system (DNS) is the backbone of the Internet, providing the virtual signposts for an enormously complex environment with tens of millions of virtual and perilous 'pathways and intersections.' Some believe that we should allow the DNS to operate without 'burdensome' oversight. But if we don't concede to some reasonable rules of the road included in the pending proposals to operate top-level domain (TLD) registries, we won't be very safe or secure. "
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