Series of Tubes: Spanish Authorities Appear Clueless as to How the Internet Works

From an opinion piece by Leila Nachawati on Aljazeera English:

Did the Spanish police dismantle Anonymous?

Regarding Anonymous’ “leadership”, to quote Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, “you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The Op Ed piece is an interesting read about how to interpret the arrests in the case involving the recent breach of Sony infrastructure.

What’s really informative to people not tuned into 4Chan or online culture in general is the explanation of how decentralized a group like Anonymous really is. It’s like assuming you caught the leaders of all the geese who migrate south in the world by capturing a handful of them. It’s not like the rest of the geese will stop flying south because you did so.

Governments have to stop assuming that the Internet is a “series of tubes“, or commodified transport of goods like trucking or shipping. 

Intertubes

That's a lot of internetz...how much?

It’s a communications network without precedent that has redefined so much of how information is exchanged worldwide, and older commercial models will either continue to be left behind. Barring that, due some governments enacting draconian legal measures, such antiquated models will continue to invite attacks from both sincere activists and malicious vandals disrupting the benefits of this technology for both businesses and consumers.

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