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Craig Partridge: Internet Restriction is Never the Answer

July 10, 2018

One of the key developers of the modern Internet’s communications infrastructure says the online universe’s broad reach is not the cause for all of its problems. A three-time graduate of Harvard University, Craig Partridge designed how email is routed via domain names and led the team that developed the first multi-gigabit router. 

He is currently the chief scientist for networking research at Raytheon BBN Technologies.

In a recent interview, the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductee acknowledged that while the Internet has facilitated access for some nefarious uses, those problems would not be resolved by restricting the overall flow of information. 

“I fear that our concern…that people who are utterly evil have found ways to use the internet, with child pornography being the most obvious and pernicious problem,” he said. “But to allow people to say it’s because of the opennenss of the Internet is I think is completely misguided and we need to find solutions to target those problems.”