My blog 'What PRISM, credit card hacking and Chromecast have to do with FttH' led to some very interesting discussions all around the world.
One of issues that was discussed was that the sheer capacity of FttH will also allow hackers, criminals and others to use that massive capacity for the wrong reasons. Its volume will make it increasingly difficult to police. The symmetrical nature of FttH also makes it harder to police the traffic in comparison with the copper and coax-based infrastructures.
At the same time there is no way back. Traffic will increase and symmetrical FttH services will be the future. The social and economic importance of the internet is such that it has grown 'too big to fail' —
Throughout history we have seen that many innovations can be used, both for good and bad. For instance, stone tools allowed for the creation of battle axes, and this will be no different in relation to the new digital tools. However for 100,000 years we have been able to cope with the bad things and have been able to move on and, in general, prosper.
So, while some of the comments that we received may be right — FttH makes it more difficult to police bad behaviour — the reality is that there is no way back and that we will find ways to deal with this.
|Cybersquatting||Policy & Regulation|
|DNS Security||Registry Services|
|IP Addressing||White Space|
Minds + Machines