cnet is running a piece on freenet, which is, “…a peer-to-peer network designed to allow the distribution of information over the Internet in an efficient manner, without fear of censorship. Freenet is completely decentralized, meaning that there is no person, computer, or organisation in control of Freenet or essential to its operation.” needless to say this concept usually sparks a few questions. happily slashdot hosted an interview recently with the founder of freenet Ian Clarke regarding privacy.
on the other end of the spectrum there is Kids Online America (KOLA) which companies will soon offer as a benefit to empoyees. KOLA promises:
“Imagine how the Internet would be different if there were no anonymity — if access providers knew every user’s name, address, and telephone number. There would most certainly be a drag on free speech. But credit card thieves, child pornographers, and other Web criminals would think twice before embarking on illegal activities. That Internet just might be a place you could let your kids play without supervision.”