Re: Historic revisionism
The problem I notice is that the early internet wasn't exactly private and secure by design. It was decentralized in that you didn't have a few main backbones, but there were central authorities for how you got connected to it if you wanted to host, how you obtained your domain name for identification, what information you had to provide, etc. That doesn't really strike me as a problem, but if you want a network that works like the internet but is actually decentralized, the tor deep web is a lot closer to it than was the internet of the 1990s. Of course, the actual network infrastructure is still rather centralized, but almost nothing else is.