This last idea might sound crazy, even unwelcome, but all the parts to make it happen are probably already in place. Our governments, for good or bad, are already requiring most ISPs and telecom providers to store our online history and/or data packets for a certain period of time. What the ISPs don’t store our governments are probably sifting through anyway. I bet all it would take to be more inclusive is more hard drive space -- and hard drive space is pretty cheap.
Take all of this and build another Internet, one that's secure by default. Charge people extra to join it. I’ll call it Internet/S.
Would I join? Heck yeah, and I think most of the business world would pay extra to join, too. Right now, my e-mail and Web servers get attacked thousands of times each day. My firewall, anti-spam, anti-spyware, and anti-malware defenses are blocking about 90 percent of the traffic that hits my network endpoint. How much faster would my network connection be if I didn’t have to deal with malicious network packets? How much money would we all save if we didn’t have to focus so much on poor security solutions that never work? How much more productive would employees be if we didn’t have to re-ghost their machines all the time or send them to end-user security classes?
Those who absolutely need anonymity can stay on the old Internet. There are lots of valid reasons why someone may want to remain anonymous on the Web (e.g. AIDS support groups, rape counseling, whistleblower reporting, political discourse, civil disobedience, etc.). I just don’t want you to connect to my business server, and I’m willing to pay extra for it.
Many Internet services, like instant messaging, already have untrusted and trusted versions. The trusted versions require authentication and cost more. We just need to expand the notion to the entire Internet, and provide secure and authenticated endpoints.
When so much of the traffic on the current Internet is malicious and criminal, and we can’t do anything about it, isn’t it time for an Internet/S?