Why is FTP still around? Why is TCP/IP still around? Why do we need firewalls? Why do we use cookies for e-commerce? Why is security such an issue online? Why are cell phones, web sites, and airplanes so expensive? Is it all because it’s too hard to upgrade the entire Planet Earth?

Marcus Ranum, an expert in firewalls and other security technologies, explains how early design and engineering compromises in building the Internet have created downstream consequences we’re still dealing with today.

This is definitely one for the geeks, or for the people who want to understand geeks and the infrastructure of modern publishing.

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.