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Cloudflare, and the 120Gbps DDOS "that almost broke the Internet"

On Mar 27, 2013, at 6:25 PM, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:

> Or worse, before some government somewhere decides to "solve" this
> problem for a value of "solved" involving (shudder) legislation.

In general, governments have avoided regulating various aspects of 
the Internet, in part because of lack of understanding and in part
because the community keeps telling them that trying to regulate
won't work because of its decentralized nature.  As the Internet
becomes increasingly important to each country's economy and its 
citizens, the status quo is not likely to continue.  

The real question is, when governments do decide to try and help
"improve the Internet", who will they be listening to, and will 
the operator community have spoken with a clear enough voice in 
these matters on what actually would make for an improvement?