U.N. Attacks Internet Anonymity – VeriSign Lending a Hand?

by on September 12, 2008 · 8 comments

Declan McCullagh has done some great reporting this morning on an ITU plan to trace the source of all Internet communications. Meaning: no more anonymous speech online.

The U.S. National Security Agency is also participating in the “IP Traceback” drafting group, named Q6/17, which is meeting next week in Geneva to work on the traceback proposal. Members of Q6/17 have declined to release key documents, and meetings are closed to the public.

Read the whole thing.

It’s particularly interesting to note the role of VeriSign in developing this surveillance capability for the ‘net. McCullagh quotes Tony Rutkowski of VeriSign stepping up to defend the plan. Rutkowski published a summary of the plan in May.

Great reporting by McCullagh. Not a great thing for VeriSign to be doing.

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