Spam, viruses, botnets: Can the Internet be saved?
The most sanguine of observers say that even if the Internet is able to avoid some kind of digital Armageddon brought on by spammers, hackers, phishers and cyberterrorists, it nevertheless will drown in a flood of mobile gadgets, interactive multimedia applications and Internet-enabled devices, including phones, cars, home appliances and radio frequency identification tags.
Indeed, researchers say, it is time to rethink all the old notions from the late 1960s and 1970s when the Internet was in its infancy. While few think it is possible to literally start over, there are a number of so-called clean-slate research programs that start with the premise that anything is possible and no option is too far out to consider.
Nick McKeown, a computer scientist at Stanford University, heads up one such program. He says the Internet is “broken” in at least two places — security and mobility. Spam, viruses, botnets: Can the Internet be saved?
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