Getting rid of Spam, making the ‘Net more secure for all…noble goals, right? But didn’t somebody once say something about an inverse relationship between security and freedom?
Sure, the current system of sovereign fiefdoms on the ‘Net leaves us more open to the dangers of Mongols at the city gates, but infrastructure to increase security gives too easy an opportunity for oligarchic rule.
In these unsettling days of the Patriot Act, the last thing I want to see is a move toward decreased freedom on the web. I’ll gladly take the alternative of 50 offers a day for enlarged genitalia, home loans, and dirty college girls.