David Rice, who I chatted with recently has posted some interesting thoughts on an Internet based 9/11 type attack on his Geekonomics site. (Video included in the link). David looks at the potential scenarios but importantly addresses the implications to the rights of the citizen by way of introduction of any Internet version of the US Patriot Act.
Worse case scenario, and not debating likelihoods of it happening or even being possible (for now in terms of this post), if it were to happen, what are the flow-on implications to other countries either directly or indirectly by way of the “global” Internet links to the USA?
We see US regulation/reactions to events affecting business around the world already (SOX as just one example of many). What happens if the US does enact an Internet Patriot Act? Would something like this in a quick knee-jerk reaction affect and change the Internet as we know it today? I think it’s something that needs to be considered and researched outside of just implications to the US and its citizens.
Or am I just way off base here and assuming too much in the way of US influence on the Internet as a whole?