It seems fitting that for the day we celebrate our freedom, the superhero is Brad Templeton, Chairman of the EFF (donate now!) and all-around net.hero and a very smart guy.

He’s got some really great and clearly presented ideas on how to solve difficult problems (all must reads): How to Fix DNS (and get rid of ICANN) (summary) (basically, give out registry domains like .wipo, .yahoo and .w3c, each of which with its own policy for how to assign names but none of them are generic terms like .museum or washington.apples. then create new root servers with this policy but which also support the legacy domains and get people to switch), Returning privacy to email (give it zero user-interface), Anti-micropayments: the don’t buy button (instead of having to click buy for every doc, simply click don’t buy when its too expensive or low quality).

He also has some thought-provoking writing on privacy: A Watched Populace Never Boils, Larry Ellison’s new national ID card.

posted July 05, 2002 12:41 AM (Superheroes) #


Putting an End to ICANN
Today’s Hack: html2text Converter
Debunking the Debunkers
Reevaluating Copyright
Freedom, Independence
today’s featured superhero: Brad Templeton
Another thing cooking
Herodotus: A Peer-to-Peer Web Archival System
Special Gifts

Aaron Swartz (