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[ NNSquad ] Re: "Deep Packet Inspection" Trade Group

At 05:35 PM 2/12/2008, Bob Frankston wrote:
>The most interesting characteristic of the DPI position seems to be that
>they are positioning it against shallow packet inspection. The idea of not
>inspecting packets doesn't even seem a consideration.  

You can't route a packet if you don't inspect it.

Which brings up an important point. If the Internet were truly "dumb as
a box of rocks," with all intelligence at the edges, it couldn't have routing 
at all. (Backbone routers, in general, are some of the fastest and most powerful
computers in existence -- right up there with the best graphics engines. And
the Internet would be very unreliable -- perhaps useless -- without them.)

--Brett Glass

  [ Buzzzz!  Straw man alert triggered by above text ...  
    All packet "inspections" are not created equal.  The issue 
    in play is the "depth" and other parameters of any given 
    inspection.  Shallow or deep?  Necessary or intrusive?  
    Disclosed or secretive?  Legal or illegal?  The list goes on,
    and involves not only technology and economics, but increasingly
    politics as well.

             -- Lauren Weinstein
                NNSquad Moderator ]