On Thu, May 24, 2012 7:36 pm, Jay Ashworth wrote: > ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Justin M. Streiner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Aside from all of the business and legal sticking points that others
have >> mentioned, there are also the technical aspects of capturing, storing,
transporting, analyzing, and managing those packets, and the appliances
that do the heavy lifting. As your traffic grows, that problem scales 1:1
linearly, at best, and more likely n:1 linearly, or worse. The added
overhead of the infrastructure needed to support this will also make >> it more difficult to be price-competitive with your peers.
> TL:DR; The reasons for doing this on any kind of general basis have to
be *EXCEPTIONALLY* compelling to make a business case for it, apart from
any possible legal ramifications. > I used asterisks *and* capital letters; that's about an order of
magnitude. > Don't forget staffing.
I am a little surprised no one has referenced Wired's recent article about
Libya's Internet Surveillance systems: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/05/ff_libya/all/1
It's good reading and I think does a good job of summarizing both the
technical challenges but also the political implications of such a system.