When I speak to people about how the Internet should be like I liken it to
a spider web.
The spider doesn't create one link but several, as means of redundancy and
stability. So when humans build an Internet usually in its first phases it
looks like this:
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
In this ASCII drawing you have a trunk and end-users (drawn as "o"). There is
a (BR) (bad router) that the government spies sit at and listen to everyone.
We have to admit it's like this because it is. We are being spied upon and
are making it very easy. But it doesn't have to be like that. We can make
changes...we can work out a spider web between neighbouring houses (end-users).
It would look like this:
As you can see everyone has 2 or more gateways that they use. This is what's
called a "mesh" (and the purple links are its links). The model is just a
small neighbourhood but it should be linked with an entire city like this. The
light blue is gateways to the Internet. The Internet past these gateways should
look like 1 house in this picture as well. The trick is to send packets in
any random direction and the packet will seek its destination any random way.
This requires new routing protocols that make this possible. It requires
investments by neighbours to create the links, and government approval. It
makes spying on the communications of any single person very difficult and
that is its intent. Just we gotta realise this some day and do it.
We should encrypt our private conversations, how do we do that? I believe
quantum encrypted laser links to polar orbiting satellites in low earth orbit
are a good thing. These then communicate to higher geostationary satellites
and vice versa. Whenever the geostationary satellites talk back to the
polar satellites they wait until the beam is at tangent with the curvature
of the earth so that the beam would never hit earth. The transmission
payload would be only AES or similar crypto keys which are then used
symmetrically without assymetric key exchange. I think this is worthwhile
for states such as Germany and german embassies world wide. A VPN to your
embassy would be cool too if you're abroad somewhere in order to make use
of this crypto. This is all a response to the TAT-14 spying.
Governments outside of the so-called five eyes nations are outraged over the
prism and tempora sniffing programmes. However you can't change a dumb user
to not encrypt, in fact it's hard to encrypt for most people. I'm afraid
there is no easy way, but perhaps the fabric of the Internet can be re-woven
in such a way that prism and tempora have a harder time gaining data. Let's
pretend government said "we want you to use P2P protocols" and really
encourages it. With P2P a lot of data is moved and it goes in all directions.
I believe it would be a good initiative when you can't use encryption. Other
than that perhaps develop Operating Systems and crypto systems outside of the
USA and Britain in order to offset the current status quo. Also the structure
of the Internet shouldn't just be a grand trunk with subnets, it should be a
mesh and a mesh of hubs. Think about this last line a bit.
Ever wonder where the sun is (constellation) when it's northern solstice?
Look how Jupiter is occulted by the sun. Not sure if it's the right term but
does that mean it's at opposition? I thought this fact was special. Jupiter
behind sun at solstice, both in the constellation of Taurus almost in Gemini.
Can you feel their gravity pulling on you?