I couldn’t believe this article in the St. Petersburg Times that a guy was arrested for using an open network in someone’s neighborhood. My computer, like most, finds any and all networks that are open. Why is it my responsibility to make sure that someone has secured their network. It’s their network true, but it’s imposing itself on public property. When it leaves their property, it is no longer private, and they should be responsible for securing it.
This article by Dvorak in PC Mag, I believe makes the best and most clear argument.
Let me jump in and propose a simple, logical public policy…. We must put the burden of responsibility on the broadcaster, not the end user. It has to be made clear that people sending open connections all over town should be responsible for them. (Full Article)
Am I missing something, does this whole “owner responsibility” idea only make sense to me and Dvorak?