In the past few years, there has been talk about creating a new internet. The reason behind this is the demand for an internet with more quality and security. The internet is full of low quality websites, spam, viruses, Trojans and hackers. This is creating a buzz that a new internet needs to be created in order to offer those who shy away from the messy internet of today a more stable and secure portal for finding information. However, as there are many who would like to see a safe high quality internet, there are those who fear what it will bring.
Reasons behind the New Internet:
It is well known that the internet comes with certain risks. When the internet was first created, its true intention was to share files between universities and offices from a distance. What started out as a network, evolved into the most widely used source of information, education, and entertainment.
With this evolution, there has always been a problem securing the internet. The process of security has been placed on a user level rather than as a whole for the internet itself. As with most technology, security has always followed the technology rather than moving parallel to it.
Another issue that is sparking the close look at creating a new internet is the quality of content. As the internet evolved, programmers, web designers and anyone with the interest has been able to create websites and get stake their claim on their little corner of the internet. This created the ability to put useless and false information. If you are looking for information on a topic that interests you, you have to weed through the spammy sites full of incorrect information, irrelevant content and advertisements to find what you want. A new internet would eliminate this issue.
Skepticism about the Future Internet:
There are many users that oppose the idea of a new internet. As freedom of speech is a right, there is fear of the new internet silencing the voice of the people. With a new internet, censorship would not only be possible but will be needed in order to avoid reliving the mistakes of the past. For instance, if someone wanted to create their own site, it may not meet the standards of the “new internet” and could easily be taken down.
File sharing and information would also be monitored even closer to meet the criteria of the “new internet” as they monitor for copyright infringement. This will create even less privacy for internet users than now. Groups who are passionate about information being free and available for all are concerned with the idea of constant monitoring.
There is even talk of the President of the United States having the ability to shut down the new internet. As the internet is simply a network of computers connected to domain servers, the ability to just turn it off is a real possibility. Imagine turning to the internet to check your bank account and receiving a message that it has been disabled.
There is no doubt that the internet is full of risks, misinformation, and harmful websites for children. With the increasing technology, smarter users, and the ability to stake claim to your own part of the internet, there is the ability to continue growing the internet with any information you want to post. As many believe we are in need of a “new internet” there will always be those who enjoy it as it is.
John Deschamp is a network administrator and content contributor for highspeedinternet.net, a site he recommends to those wanting to learn about satellite internet. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?