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Under Pressure, India Mulls Steps to Protect Privacy

Outsourcing firms worry that overseas fears will stifle business

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9 February 2005--A woman from halfway around the world e-mails a prominent hospital on the West Coast of the United States, demanding that she be paid hundreds of dollars in overdue wages. The hospital knows nothing about the woman or her paymaster, but it indirectly employs both through a medical transcription firm that gets the work done through subcontractors.

The woman, working overseas at cut rates, cannot get her employer in the United States--a service provider working for a subcontractor--to pay up. So she decides to approach the hospital directly, underscoring her demand with a chilling message.

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Why the Internet Needs the InterPlanetary File System

Peer-to-peer file sharing would make the Internet far more efficient

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Carl De Torres

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, the world made an unprecedented shift to remote work. As a precaution, some Internet providers scaled back service levels temporarily, although that probably wasn’t necessary for countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, which were generally able to cope with the surge in demand caused by people teleworking (and binge-watching Netflix). That’s because most of their networks were overprovisioned, with more capacity than they usually need. But in countries without the same level of investment in network infrastructure, the picture was less rosy: Internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa and Venezuela, for instance, reported significant strain.

But is overprovisioning the only way to ensure resilience? We don’t think so. To understand the alternative approach we’re championing, though, you first need to recall how the Internet works.

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