BBC News - 'Fresh proposals' planned over cyber-monitoring

Ian Batten igb at
Wed May 8 13:42:56 BST 2013

You have to wonder at the people the BBC talks to:

> "The problem stems from the way that the fixed internet has been designed," said Prof Rahim Tafazolli, director of Surrey University's Centre for Communications Systems Research.
> "Many people can share a single IP address and the IP address may be dynamic - meaning there's a new address issued each time they log on - while a communication traverses across different networks. It can be difficult to link all these addresses and trace them back to the origin.
> "One possible solution would be to find a way to associate a person's internet use with a fixed and unique number such as their mobile number or a device's MAC [media access control] address.
> "But that would require changes in the way addresses are allocated on the internet and changes would need to be adopted internationally because we couldn't just change it in the UK."
Yeah.  You mean "IPv6 would be a good idea", I think.


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