Intertitle: What are your hopes for the future Internet? Your fears? What action should be taken now for the best future?
Michael Stanton: The technology which enables networks is advancing strongly at the moment. You see this mostly in the development of optical networks and also of radio networks with 5G progress which is going on at the moment. And so these are going to make it possible to make networking cheaper by providing more capacity or for enabling use by more people for doing more complex things. These are good things.
The R&D networks, the research and education networks, have to accompany this. I mean, if the research and education network is not capable of offering services which are more advanced than the commercial networks, then the reason for having them tends to go away.
And this is something which we believe has to be stressed, that there are users which cannot be served by the commercial networks at the moment at a decent price. Everything eventually comes down to price and the idea of being able to have aggregated networks which can be used by high-performance users as well as the less-aggressive people, if you like, can be built and operated economically if you have the right conditions. And so we have to offer the attractions, and the attraction in this case is the performance which you can offer to them on the coverage.
About problems, the problem which is obviously well-known is that of security, network security. And there is a difficulty because we can’t…well, we suffer from problems of privacy and protection against financial and other crimes done remotely. I’ve had a number of personal…how shall I put it, incidents in recent times. My bank fortunately is very smart and has found ways of being able to detect rapidly that something’s not quite right, and has notified me and taken steps and so on.
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