Revelations by WikiLeaks have hit a raw nerve. In the face of embarrassing revelations, the US government is doing what it can to try and close the floodgates of its own documents, leaked by disgruntled employees and given an outlet to the world through WikiLeaks.
Pressure is being brought to bear on domain name routers, internet hosting companies, money transfer services and governments of various countries. There is even an attempt to use trumped up sexual charges to personally criminalize Assange, the most exposed link in the chain of transmission, in addition to DDS (distributed denial of service) attacks on the WikiLeaks servers - but nothing so far has had the desired effect of burying the site and stopping the leaks.
No, the real lesson of the WikiLeaks affair and subsequent cyberattacks is not how unwieldy the net has become, but rather how its current architecture renders it so susceptible to control from above.
It was in one of the leaked cables that China's State Council Information office delivered its confident assessment that thanks to "increased controls and surveillance, like real-name registration ... The Web is fundamentally controllable."
The internet's failings as a truly decentralized network, however, merely point the way toward what a decentralized network might actually look like.
Instead of being administrated by central servers, it would operate through computers that pinged one another, instead of corporate-owned server farms, and deliver web pages from anywhere, even our own computers.