Before I dive in to the meat of this post, let me offer some friendly advice. I'm sitting at the food court adjoining the south conference center here at the Mandalay Bay, and I just saw an attendee plug his device directly into one of those convenient USB sockets provided for charging your gadgets. I guess it's probably safe all things considered, but on principle please don't do this. Not here. Not now.
Where was I? At the food court. Speaking of food, Dan Geer's keynote Wednesday morning was chock-full of food for thought. He proposed nothing less than a set of proposals intended to radically reset the balance between safety and order on the Internet, noting that its very nature prevents us from having much of both. I want you to go watch his speech for yourself, but I will provide a quick list of the ten areas he discussed today. Do watch the speech, as my gross oversimplifications will fail to do justice to Geer's ideas.
1) Enforce CDC style mandatory reporting rules for cybersecurity failures exceeding a (yet to be negotiated) severity threshold.
2) Net neutrality: Geer contended that if an ISP makes itself privy to the content, source or destination of the traffic flowing over its network, it necessarily makes itself responsible (and liable) for what it learns about this traffic. Or ISPs can be common (i.e., neutral) carriers. But not, he claimed, both.