… in trying to take over the Internet. The primary reason being, blindness. The Internet is like a huge communication iceberg. Most users only see the top 10% — HTTP, FTP, Skype, for example. What they don’t see is the underbelly. The RFC’s generated that make those top level services possible. The consortiums that cohabitant areas like 802.3, 802.11, ATM, etc. The Pols lack either the time of the intellect to understand it.
Here is a case in point –
Our goal is to make GNU Free Call ubiquitous in a manner and level of usability similar to Skype, that is, usable on all platforms, and directly by the general public for all manner of secure communication between known and anonymous parties, but without requiring a central service provider to register with, without using insecure source secret binary protocols that may have back-doors, and without having network control points of any kind that can be exploited or abused by external parties. By doing so as a self organizing meshed calling network, we further eliminate potential service control points such as through explicit routing peers even if networks are isolated in civil emergencies.
We do recognize this project has significant long term social and political implications. It also offers potentially essential utility in public service by enabling the continuation of emergency services without requiring existing communication infrastructure. There are many ordinary public service uses, such as the delivery of eHealth services, as well as medical, and legal communication, where it is essential to treat all with equal human dignity by maintaining privacy regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. Equally important is the continuation of emergency medical services even when existing infrastructure is no longer available or has been deliberately disabled.
Now, before one says “What’s wrong with Skype?”, consider that SIP Witch will be unlike Skype in that they intend to do peer to peer SIP communications without the need for the ancillary routing support. Your only limitation is the need for a SIP registered ID.
They are going to target desktops/laptops and smart phones. That alone should scare the hell out of the Telcos. The other is they will be attempting to manage this with due consideration for running over mesh networks. ie, WiFi and the like. With ‘N’ class WiFi nodes, a lot of voice data streams could be carried over a bonded channel pair. You can find out more here.
But this is an example of how tech is like a living organism. Given the resources, the limits of physics and the ingenuity of hackers/developers, that which is deemed to be controlled escapes the bonds and runs free. This lack of knowledge at the base layers is the Pols undoing.