Learning to love Big Brother

News that Virgin Media was working with Detica on deep packet inspection (DPI) to detect illegal file-sharing on its network struck Downtime as yet another dumb approach to the problem. It will simply encourage net users, especially the bad guys, to use encryption and onion ring networks to disguise the source and content of their messages.
If readers remember, Virgin Media was one of those that signed up to use Phorm’s DPI-based system to serve ads based on users’ interests. So the firm clearly likes the technology, but is trying to find an acceptable way to use it.
Unfortunately, political pressure is on firms like Cisco and Juniper to build DPI into their boxes, mainly to speed up searches for terrorist suspects, and they are wilting under it.
No doubt, like Winston Smith, we can all learn to love Big Brother.

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