I say leave it alone.
First reason: Countries would want their own control. China would continue to filter out anything worth looking at. This could become a problem. Propaganda could be forced down citizens throats in China and anywhere else in the world.
Second reason: Hack free? ph..
You saw what happened when Microsoft said the Xbox360 was hack free? Have you seen recently how people in China are getting around the "Great Firewall of China." It's like the Titanic. "It'll never sink!!!" Three days later...
Third reason: There is always
a way around anything
. Depends on how far people are willing to go to do it. Diebolds
, atm machines
, coke machines
, voting machines
. There are several ways to get around anything you want. Just look at all the news surrounding the DRM for Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Already broken, and they aren't even mainstream yet!
Net neutrality: if the Internet were re-made, all companies would start by claiming the access to their servers is copyrighted and then start charging just for you to visit their website. Then in turn your ISP would increase their price to compensate for the websites you view. Like cable providers.
Automatic filters: you see how good school filters work... lol. Even firewalls they evolve. Even with the Bayesian technique, spamming can still mess with them. Then over time legitimate material won't even be able through. Put it this way, two students are on a computer in the same computer lab with the same school filter. One goes to google types in "breasts" the other student types in "breast cancer," so he can do his research for his health paper. However, the school filter pops up blocking the term "breasts," white is very easily done at many schools. Same thing happens at library's. Now let's say if the automatic filter were pointed at child pornography throughout the entire internet. Let's say someone did a search for a certain fantasy or such with keywords which can be easily confused as child pornography. Then the pornography business would cease to exist.
Filters do one of two things: Catch more than enough or not enough. No one filter in the entire word works perfectly as intended.
It would be nice to see a new Internet, but trying to kill the current one would be like trying to kill ever spider/ant in the world. There are too many networks, networked together. (that is all the internet is a huge network of smaller networks).
Edited by yano, 24 April 2007 - 12:37 PM.