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The public Internet is broken
« on: Friday 2015-November-27 02:54:29 PM »
Abstract

The modern public Internet has evolved into an infrastructure where
people can disseminate multimedia and exchange commercially, regardless
of whether the disseminator or business is a massive organisation or
just an individual.

Yet the public Internet has always (always) been recognised as a system
where theft, bullying, dishonesty and other abuses continually take
place.


Switch

When we physically visit a money bank, we trust that we wont be ripped
off or abused during our exchange. Switch that experience by
connecting to a bank via a web browser and it is guaranteed that one
or more people are recording the transaction, people you have never
met and have nothing to do with the bank.

If we are unlucky one of the snoopers will be a Nigerian, eastern
European or Chinese spammer, harvesting your keystrokes so they can
transfer money to their bank account. If we are lucky it will only be
our government but be assured: someone has recorded your bank exchange.



It's not just the Americans

Your government has complete control of the public Internet within its
borders.

Your government can disconnect the cables buried under your
beaches. They can close down Internet Service Providers. They can
close down mobile telephone networks and they can also copy and store
every piece of information that travels across the Internet within
your country's borders because Internet traffic flows through a hand
full of central hubs that your government has control of.



Splitting

Internet traffic is transmitted as light over fibre optic cables. A
stream of 'Internet light' can be split into one or more separate
streams where one stream continues onto its original destination and
the other streams (identical to the original) are sent to another
computer where the data is stored.



Storage is cheap

Currently we measure hard disks in terms of terabytes. The cheapest
desktop and laptop hard disks are all measured this way. In a year or
two it will be tens of terabytes, then hundreds and so on. A terabyte
is enormous and it's cheap.

Governments don't really care about cheap. My point is there isn't a
limit to how much data a government or a business can economically
store.

Governments such as the UK and USA for example have given themselves
permission to store every web page its citizens visit, every e-mail
they send and receive, every search query they make, every telephone
number they tap, every text message they send and receive and it's all
done automatically.

These automatic processes catalogue the data for future use, when it
will be processed by other machines, again automatically.



What use?

Pattern matching.

The human brain is an excellent pattern matching computer. For example
if we look at a cloud formation we can find shapes within the endless
shades of grey.

If we look at randomly placed pebbles on a beach we can highlight
constellations that spell words or draw a picture.

Points of data siphoned from the public Internet are like the pebbles
on a beach or shades of grey in a cloud. If you have enough of them
then we will find whatever patterns we want to see. Therefore If we
want to make connections between people who have no connection then
just collect more data because eventually it will be possible to find
some obscure, if flaky connection that can be built upon.



Tuning

Statisticians use a term 'tuning' to describe a situation where bias
is introduced into statistical results because the statistician has an
agenda.



Agenda

Ultimately, the more data collected, the greater probability there is
of demonstrating a connection which can then be used as evidence.

Emphasise the benefits of collecting more and more data about a
population and show the negative effects of not snooping; and funds
will flow towards those who maintain the data collecting systems.

A business or government's paranoia will increase making them
dependant on knowing what the 'data of the day' is revealing.



Conclusion

The public Internet is broken. As already stated it's a system that
has always been used to effect people negatively but now the
scale of abuse is extraordinary. It's a weapon of mass-surveillance,
with all of the implications that mass-surveillance comes with.



Warning, there is no easy way out

People were arrested in Canada on suspicion of being terrorists
because they didn't own a mobile telephone. The fact that they didn't
want to be snooped on was considered suspicious behaviour.