Online debate exploded after former FBI agent Patrick Dempsey said Wednesday that a second, safer Internet is needed. "The same positives that the Internet provides for information sharing, also create negatives in terms of ‘bringing to task' those that wish to use the Internet for illicit purposes," wrote Dempsey. But Nate Anderson in Ars Technica argues security and accountability are software and human problems, not Internet ones.
These problems can and are being addressed via better email software, operating systems and browsers, he writes. Dempsey also highlighted jurisdiction problems that hamper international Internet crime fighting, but Anderson argued this also isn’t a technical problem with the Internet itself. (Read more Internet security stories.)