We all know that the Internet is broken. Not a day goes by when we don’t read about a data hack or of spies looking at us using our own webcams. The problem is quite a fundamental one. The building blocks of the Internet were never designed for keeping secrets or your privacy, they were designed to be open and easy to use.
David Byrne wrote an excellent piece on the current state of the Internet, privacy and what it would be like if suddenly the Internet would stop. It is an interesting read, almost like science fiction and equally, not realistic. He closes with something that I have been thinking about for some time now.
How can we fix the Internet? We have been using it for a while now, it is time to take stock, review and see what we can do to fix it. There are a lot of inherent problems with the Internet today and as most of them stem from the core technology, it seems very hard to switch it out for something new. The biggest problem there is, is the fact that too many large organisations, be it governments or companies have a vested interest in keeping the Internet the way it is. Technically, it is possible to upgrade the Internet to a better technology, but the will is not there.
So, if changing the core technology, the old open technology, is not possible or politically impossible, why not build a layer on top of the old technology. A layer on top of the Internet that will help you to protect your privacy, secure against cyber-attacks will make you feel more secure. In this first step, we are making sure your communications are once again free of snooping or spying. After that layer is established, we can start adding services and products that work with this safe layer or platform to increase your safety.
Nice dream? No, not really. We are working hard to create the first step. Soon, my friends, soon.