Chapter 4. Making Change Happen

As the opposition’s favorite philosopher put it, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”[1]

Changing the world is hard; if it was easy, the world would change rather too often. It is not enough to come up with an idea to secure the Internet. The idea is the easy part. For an idea to count, you must persuade others to act.

As the Internet has grown, so has the number of people who must be persuaded to act in order to change. Putting even the simplest new idea into practice has become a major undertaking. In the early days of the Web, a good idea could be realized in a few days. Today it requires a tremendous effort to achieve even small changes within ...

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