Net Neutrality Is Only a Start
Susan Crawford

Everyone talks about sneakernets or what they’re doing in Spain, or the CIA’s ad hoc nets behind (what was) the iron curtain, but I’ll go a step further: p2p and viruses have to be co-opted.

First off, look at something like Linux, now we talk about how MS10 works with the bash shell, or Pi is a revolution, but it wasn’t long ago Linux was seen as the enemy by big business.

Prior to the non-event Y2k, before 9/11, it was considered conspiracy talk to say the NSA had keys inside windows. The false dichotomy framework construct was IP vs freeware, was wisdom of the crowd vs traditional metrics, was piracy vs encryption. Then came Osama bin Laden, iPods, redhat, Lenovo, moneyball, bigData, not in that particular order.

So. So the system has previously co-opted things which then seemed like 'the enemy’ or what they were fighting.

The internet started as the Arpanet to keep US telecoms going after a nuclear blast, with corresponding GoldenEye-like electro-magnetic pulse-blast (EMP) by packet-switching along alternative routes based on the Manhattan project. (The Manhattan project was the Los Alamos effort to build the bomb, of course, but the actual name comes from a theorem for getting across Manhattan by the quickest route.)

So. Predicated on a decentralized non-hierarchical network, where there is no server-terminal dichotomy framework, or where the user-server concept is a limit something like Limit of L of function f(X)=2 ^1/X as N approaches infinity, or something: meaning over time, as IoT or IoE takes place, a combination of ad hoc and sneaker nets could fully replace the net as we know it. But, there would still be some node plugged into big telecom, at least one.

And of course, Google FB Amazon are all predicated on the future being about AI voice AR platforms, where the distinction between online and offline disappears entirely, where that itself is predicated on server farms SaaS, OSaaS, platform as a service, desktop as a service, where server farms are predicated on new chips replacing Intel as Levy explained and reducing energy consumption.

But. But if we go back to an alternate timeline and go forward with a no server ad hoc future, you’d need a way to deliver a payload. Why not viruses? Efficient, check, work with current systems, backwards compatible, check. Work in background, able to cover ad hoc networks, decentralized without a top-down user-server hierarchy, check.

Use the piracy p2p network to deliver updates to a fully decentralized, free, user-powered internet to upgrade your computer through viruses?