Kaspersky Suggests Internet Passports, Police


Kaspersky Anti-Virus’ CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, has revealed some pretty interesting details about just where he thinks the web should go… only by “interesting” we mean “genuinely worrying.”

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Kaspersky expressed some fairly frank and quite frightening opinions during an interview with ZDNet Asia, when he stated that he was of the impression that there should be far more regulation of the internet than there is at the moment. Perhaps the strangest suggestion comes when he talks about internet passports and what amounts to web police, saying that,

“There’s anonymity. Everyone should and must have an identification, or Internet passport. The internet was designed not for public use, but for American scientists and the U.S. military … I’d like to change the design of the internet by introducing regulation – internet passports, internet police and international agreement – about following internet standards. And if some countries don’t agree with or don’t pay attention to the agreement, just cut them off.”

What is perhaps even stranger is his view that Microsoft’s Security Essentials won’t succeed based solely on the fact that it’s a Microsoft product, and Microsoft (as a brand) really doesn’t have a name for itself as a particularly secure company. His suggestion is that OneCare, Microsoft’s old security offering, was “good enough” but that it’s lack of traction was attributable to an image problem.

If nothing else, the interview is worth having a look at for the fact that Eugene Kaspersky is an interesting guy, with some very interesting (perhaps a touch far-fetched) ideas about just how the internet should be run. You can read the full interview at ZDNet Asia, and it’s well worth the read.


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4 Responses to “Kaspersky Suggests Internet Passports, Police”

  1. Barry Says:

    I read about this this morning….first thing that came to mind was what the hell is this guy on!

  2. kariayam Says:

    kaspersky 😀

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