Summary of The Internet Could Crash. We Need a Plan B.

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The Internet Could Crash. We Need a Plan B. summary
The Internet is vulnerable. We need a contingency plan in advance of its failure.


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Computer theorist and inventor Danny Hillis notes that the creators of the Internet founded the network on trust. The early protocols they developed ensured the web’s success but are inherently fragile, and the net is no longer a community of trusted friends. Hillis’s presentation may be short on details, but he effectively conveys the need for a backup alternative to the net. His concerns are palpable and his passion evident, even though his speech is unpolished and he doesn’t actually give specifics of a solution. Nevertheless, getAbstract knows you’ll want to hear his clarion call for a Plan B that can mitigate the detrimental effects of a potential catastrophe.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the early Internet’s legacy protocols make the system vulnerable today and
  • Why a backup plan to today’s Internet is necessary.


Like the financial system, the Internet began on a foundation of trust. In the early days of the net,
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About the Speaker

Danny Hillis is an inventor, author and computer theorist. He holds more than 100 patents in the US.

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