We can reduce demand by getting rid of malware and spam, as activists like Spamhaus urge. We know who the bad guys are, they argue. Cut them down. But that might also involve tackling the problem of Internet governance, as Philip Virgo notes. That would mean real global Internet government and law enforcement.
The easiest thing to do is to change market incentives. Right now the monopolies have no reason to increase the bit supply to your PC, nor to cut prices. Long-term mobile contracts keep start-ups like Clear from having a chance. Spectrum auctions have let AT&T and Verizon hoard frequencies that could be used profitably by others.
The hardest questions involve law enforcement. The Internet is a binary world. As much as we may hate child pornographers or the creators of botnets, absolute security would also close down Iran's Tweeters and those who might want to get word of oppression out from China, Burma or Africa.
Moore's Law has let us put off these hard questions for years, but they continue to come closer to us. Will we choose an Internet of free competition or monopoly rents? Will we have security or liberty?
It's time to decide.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com