Thursday, December 02, 2004

Former CIA chief George Tenet calls for tighter Internet control

from raw story/blue lemur:

Former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet told and IT security conference (from which the national press was banned) Wednesday that the Internet needs to be more tightly regulated to protect America from terror. United Press International acquired quotes from a source inside the conference.

“I know that these actions will be controversial in this age when we still think the Internet is a free and open society with no control or accountability,” Tenet told an IT security conference in Washington, “but ultimately the Wild West must give way to governance and control.”

The Internet, Tenet said, “represents a potential Achilles heel for our financial stability and physical security if the networks we are creating are not protected.”
“New attacks have raised questions about the trustworthiness of the Internet and Internet protocol technologies,” he said.

Tenet suggests a move to Internet 2, a project of universities and private industry geared at advancing the speed and security of the Internet as we know it. The project claims speeds at 300,000 times that of the current home Internet connection, allowing high-quality real-time video and audio over long distances.

Some feel Internet 2, which has large corporate sponsorship in addition to that of universities, is part of an attempt to bring the vanguard medium under tighter regulation and corporate control.

If the dark siders are able to rein in the Internet, the game will be over. Blogs, dissent, activism -- all out the window. Bastards.


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