Why does the centralized internet suck?

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The internet is a shadow of its former self, and it sucks because it’s too centralized, Pirate Bay cofounder Peter Sunde said at the Brain Bar Budapest tech festival a few months ago. And he’s not alone. An increasing number of thought leaders, visionaries and technologists are worried about the centralized state of the internet and are exploring ways to bring it back to its days of glory, when it was decentralized.

Among them are Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, an army of blockchain experts and startups, and Richard Henricks, the fictional protagonist of HBO’s Silicon Valley.

But isn’t the internet decentralized already, and if it isn’t what’s wrong with it? Continue reading


What is net neutrality?

Should it make a difference for your Internet Service Provider whether you’re browsing your timeline on Facebook, reading your emails in Gmail, or reading the latest post on TechTalks? According to net neutrality, it shouldn’t.

Net neutrality is the principle that rules ISPs should treat all internet traffic equally and avoid playing favorites, throttling, blocking or providing paid prioritizations. What does that all mean? We’ll get there in a minute.

In the past years, as the internet has transformed from being a luxury to a vital commodity, net neutrality, which is also referred to as “open internet” and “internet freedom,” has become a thorny issue in the U.S. The debate has pitted several broadband and telecom giants such as AT&T and Comcast against huge content corporations such as Google and Facebook.

While the battle is currently being played out in the U.S., the outcome can set a precedent that will propagate to other countries and regions. Here’s what you need to know and why you should care. Continue reading

This Is Why The Internet Is Broken: A Technical Perspective on Net-Neutrality

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By Gur Shatz, Cato Networks

Anyone with hands-on experience setting up long-haul VPNs over the Internet knows it’s not a pleasant exercise. Even factoring out the complexity of appliances and the need to work with old relics like IPSEC, managing latency, packet loss and high availability remain huge problems. Service providers also know this — and make billions on MPLS.

The bad news is, it doesn’t matter that available capacity has gone up. The problem is twofold: the way providers are interconnected and mismanagement of global routes. The same architecture that allowed the Internet to cost-effectively scale to billions of devices also set its limits. Continue reading