Does the Entire Internet Need a Backup?

A company’s data — from the customer database and billing system to less obvious data like application code, custom scripts and social media activity — is critical. But what about the underlying Internet architecture that powers modern businesses?

Danny Hillis, co-founder of consulting firm Applied Minds, makes the case in Wired for a complete Internet backup. The article is part of Wired’s “How to Save the Net” series, in which technology luminaries offer solutions to the biggest challenges facing the Internet.

“The vulnerability of the Internet would be just an annoyance if it affected only YouTube and email, but it is becoming increasingly fundamental to our financial system, our national security, and other vital services,” Hillis writes. “The second Internet needs to be optimized for security and dependability. It would not replace the first but, rather, would operate alongside it. Nor would it have to be a multibillion-dollar government project. It might use the same fibers as the current Internet, but its protocols would be different, designed from the beginning to be less vulnerable to accidental failure or attack.”

(via Wired)

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