Earlier this month, GigaOm's Alistair Croll wrote a terrificly depressing and honest piece about the ways the Internet is changing and, as a result, some of the potential disasters that could bring it to its knees in the future.
Below is Croll's list of the top "10 Ways the Internet (As We Know It) Will Die."
- Someone subverts DNS
- Zombie networks attack
- Massive physical infrastructure failure
- Death by a thousand fragments
- A really good virus breaks the routers
- Updates break how updates work
- The Net stops being neutral
- The lawyers get involved
- Walled gardens
- Humans take themselves out
For further details on each item, read the full article.
Bottom line for IT leaders
Since the Internet is a mission critical system for doing business, IT leaders should take a general interest in promoting practices that support a stable, neutral, and secure Internet. Some of the issues in this article are a little overblown -- such as DNS being subverted and updates breaking updates -- but it correctly notes that the Internet is currently facing a number of critical issues that could negatively impact users and businesses. The issues of net neutrality, severe regulation of ISPs and Web hosts, and the protection of the Internet's physical infrastructure are all extremely important and very timely.
Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.