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

Peter Sommer peter at
Wed May 8 13:49:35 BST 2013

Well, they did talk to me, as I am cited in the "Analysis" section, and 
I am quite happy with how they were represented my view.  But I agree 
that that the main article is a rather a mess.

Peter Sommer

On 08/05/2013 13:42, Ian Batten wrote:
> 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.
> ian


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