The internet infrastructure is part of that group of services that I believe is wrongly placed in the hands of private business. It’s not that I think that government bureaucracy is wonderful – it isn’t – but there are two major aspects that make it right for social service.
Group defense is almost impossible to plan and coordinate when several companies are involved and paranoid to protect their own product. When profit is king then the issue of security is one of acceptable limits by those for profit companies. Not surprisingly what is tolerated by a corporate giant is far greater than what a group of individuals is prepared to tolerate.
The internet infrastructure blues also occurs by the lack of responsiveness by the corporate giants. In a world of real competition Adam Smith is a reality but when a few (perhaps in collusion) set the program than customer feedback is possible. While government insensitivity has become a reality the mechanism still exists to correct by throwing the bums out of office. Whether we take advantage of this or not that decision is our choice.
How we communicate with each other is part of the social activity that keeps us in communication with the world and with each other. Part of this was helped along by the giants of news broadcasting but that was before six media giants came into control of every bit of the news we hear. This communication is how we hear what is going on and keep our democracy alive. When the internet is attacked it is the internet infrastructure blues as each internet company in this country must independently fend off attacks by foreign government backed attacks.
The vitality of the internet is what makes it such a prime target for hackers.
“SAN FRANCISCO — Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet’s infrastructure said it was under attack.”
“Security researchers have long warned that the increasing number of devices being hooked up to the internet, the so-called Internet of Things, would present an enormous security issue. And the assault on Friday, security researchers say, is only a glimpse of how those devices can be used for online attacks.”
“The attacks were not only more frequent, they were bigger and more sophisticated. The typical attack more than doubled in size. What is more, the attackers were simultaneously using different methods to attack the company’s servers, making them harder to stop.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/22/business/internet-problems-attack.html?emc=edit_th_20161022&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=63667984&_r=0