There’s a piece on the NYTimes that’s asking the question “Do we need a new Internet?”  It’s going on and on about how this bunch of university science drones have this cracked idea that the entire internet system needs to be replaced with a new one.

Not very far into the article I saw this quote:

What a new Internet might look like is still widely debated, but one alternative would, in effect, create a “gated community” where users would give up their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety.

If I had any doubts before I didn’t after seeing that.  NO.  We do NOT need Big Brother’s new internet.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

–Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755.—The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Leonard W. Labaree, vol. 6, p. 242 (1963).

I for one don’t intend to give up anything.

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