Geoff Huston is an Internet Hall of Fame global connector, an honour which acknowledges his “critical role” in bringing the internet to Australia in the 1990s.
“While the Internet was still in its infancy in the US, he was able to complete the construction of a new and rapidly growing network within a few months,” the organisation wrote.
On Thursday, Huston apologised for that.
“The internet is now busted, and to be perfectly frank, it’s totally unclear how we can fix it. We can’t make it better,” said Huston, now chief scientist with the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).
“I’m sorry, I’m really sorry,” he said.
“I actually want to apologise for my small part in this mess we find ourselves in, because it all turned out so horrendously badly.”
Huston is well-known in Australian internet technical circles for his cheerfully pessimistic presentations.
He has, for example, called the internet’s traffic routing system, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), a screaming car wreck. Failing to secure the domain name system is savage ignorance.
But during his opening presentation to the NetThing internet governance conference, he cast his net of doom far wider.
In Huston’s eyes, the internet’s collective failures include shoddy programming, haste, lack of regulation, and expensive cybersecurity organisations that are tackling the wrong problems.
“The world of programmers and code generators is actually a world of really, really shocking work,” Huston said, singling out the agile methodology for particular blame.
“[Agile is] the incentive to write even shittier code, even faster, and more of it, because obviously, that’s what we need,” he said with considerable sarcasm.
“With no desire to actually build truly secure systems, in the rush to digitise our world of services, we’re taking extraordinary risks … We cut corners and built fast, shitty code. Maybe
Neuromodulation Pioneer WISE Closes EUR 15M Series C Financing Round to Launch Second Product, SCS EXPERT, for Chronic Pain
SCS EXPERT is the first expandable percutaneous lead for neuromodulation treatment for chronic pain
New investors, led by CDP Venture Capital, and including Indaco Ventures I and EUREKA! Venture, join existing participating investors in financing round
Adds to EUR 2.3M grant earlier in 2020 from the European Commission to launch SCS EXPERT
WISE Srl, a medical device company developing next-generation implantable leads for neuromonitoring, neuromodulation and brain-machine interfacing, today announced the closing of a EUR 15 million Series C financing round. New investors, led by CDP Venture Capital SGR, and including Indaco Ventures I Fund and EUREKA! Venture SGR, joined existing investors participating in this round – Principia SGR, New Frontier, Atlante Seed and Atlante Ventures (funds managed by Indaco Venture Partners SGR), High Tech Gründerfonds and F3F.
The proceeds will be partially used to accelerate the development of the Company’s second product, SCS EXPERT (EXpandable PERcuTaneous), a percutaneously implantable multi-column paddle lead for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS). The funds will also support the upcoming launch of its first product, WISE Cortical Strip (WCS), a single use medical device for IntraOperative Neurophysiological Monitoring during brain tumor and epilepsy surgeries, which is anticipating the granting of its CE mark.
This financing adds to the recent European Commission grant of EUR 2.3 million given to WISE in July 2020, to support the development and launch of SCS EXPERT within the EIC Accelerator program of Horizon 2020.
“We are delighted with the support we have received for our latest funding round and welcome our new investors,” said Luca Ravagnan, CEO at WISE. “With this additional funding, we will be able to accelerate our plans to launch SCS EXPERT, as we make progress toward FDA clearance and market launch.”
He added, “With support from our engaged investors,