Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Spam on the world wild web
Can you imagine how the world would be if there would exist no type of personal identification? I guess people would be out there committing all sort of crimes and there would be no way to know who they are and no way to prevent them to keep doing it, etc. I might sound a little apocalyptic but I really could not imagine such a world and certainly would not like to live in a world like that.
I wonder if the internet is just in such early stages that we still not reached the point to see the need of officially issued identifications. In a sense this traceability issue goes against the very nature of the web and what made it what it is, I'm not denying that, but my thinking is that when the net starts being a bigger and more crucial part of our lives not requiring a net identity will be similar to not having one on the "real" world, something most of us can't even imagine.
Spam is an issue today, but probably is one of the net issues that could be easier to control. GMail for instance does a great job cleaning inboxes from spam in a very efficient way in a very web 2.0 way by having users report spam and improving their filters based on those reports. This is one argument towards keeping the net free and anonymous, but there is so much scam out there and it's possibilities are growing and almost endless.
As radical as it seems, I really wonder if some years from now the net would go to a identification schema or hybrid with different levels of authorizations where people can have their own settings as to what authorization level they allow/disallow for different net activities. In this way I could decide I will not accept emails from anybody that does not have a national identification issued, etc.
I'm not saying I like it ... just that I think this is the way it'll go ...