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On Norman Castles and the Internet

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On Norman Castles and the InternetWhen the Normans conquered England, they built castles to maintain security. But where are the castles of the Internet?

I recently had the pleasure of attending the ninth annual Workshop on Internet Economics (WIE) at the University of California, San Diego. It might not seem a likely place to discuss English castles after the Norman Conquest, but that turned out to be a strong analogy for the security challenges of our modern Internet.

Explaining why takes a little bit of context. The Internet's early history is a great example of a runaway experiment escaping from the lab that went on to conquer the world. The intent was a network for exchange of scientific and technical data among a select few institutions. It was so good at information exchange that it grew far beyond that.

The Internet began with a great deal of optimism — open communication and a belief that connecting people would lead to wonderful things. While some wonderful...(continued)

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