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[ NNSquad ] Re: "Deep Packet Inspection" Trade Group
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- Subject: [ NNSquad ] Re: "Deep Packet Inspection" Trade Group
- From: Edward Almasy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 01:00:20 -0600
On Feb 12, 2008, at 8:41 PM, Roy J. Tellason wrote:
This page, in particular:
would seem to be of interest in terms of the subject matter here.
Section 3 in this paper, titled "The Benefits of Discrimination",
strikes me as a prototypical example of scope creep in this debate.
According to Peha, instead of just providing a connection to the
Internet, apparently implicit in the ISP's role is virus and spyware
detection and blocking, adult content filtering, and preventing the
use of unauthorized network devices by children.
While ISPs can certainly make any or all of those services available
to customers as part of their business model, justifying DPI of
everyone's network traffic by citing those services as (mandatory?)
benefits is disingenuous, and quickly leads (again, as the paper
demonstrates) to muddling the issues by lumping together activities
that don't require content-level inspection (e.g. blocking DoS
attacks) with those that do (e.g. blocking spyware). Of course, that
muddling makes it much easier to spin DPI as something that's really
for the benefit of the end user, which I guess may in part explain the
paper appearing in this context.
(To be fair, he does provide an interesting and more lengthy
discussion in section 4 on some of the complications that may arise
without network neutrality, though the seemingly much greater weight
of those complications make his subsequent call for a balanced policy
ring a little hollow.)