While the politicians and reporters are getting a fumbling on-the-job education of the architecture of the Internet (an NPR reporter said, hesitatingly, that it appears as if the server is now in Switzerland), the next question is where does the running stop? When does the situation reach equilibrium? What’s the best outcome for the people of the planet?
It seems to me that at the end of this chain is BitTorrent. That when WikiLeaks wants to publish the next archive, they can get their best practice from eztv.it, and have 20 people scattered around the globe at the ends of various big pipes ready to seed it. Once the distribution is underway the only way to shut it down will be to shut down the Internet itself. Politicians should be aware that these are the stakes. They either get used operating in the open, where the people they’re governing are in on everything they do, or they go totalitarian, around the globe, now.
That must be what they’re discussing behind the scenes in government. And don’t miss that this is equally threatening to media. They won’t be able to engage in spin rooms and situation rooms, appearances and such — when we can see the real communiques, that kind of mush won’t do.