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The tensions of securing cyberspace: The Internet, state power and The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (05 Mar 2004)
In its pursuit of security, the U.S. government challenges the very architecture of the Internet, and by challenging its architecture, the very nature of the Internet itself is threatened. The Internet will continue to be transformed by this protracted struggle, this clash of values. The Internet faces both predictable and unpredictable challenges. It is a fragile representation of the social landscape - a balance between anarchic freedom and state control - that could come undone at any time. Again, the principle of constant change is perhaps the only principle of the Internet that will survive indefinitely. What must be acknowledged by all parties involved - the government agencies, the information technology industry, and the millions of users - is that changing the architecture of the Internet will also impact its core values.
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