And so could telcos and nations.
Why shouldn't we have solid research on which ISPs are most likely to suffer the kind of network outages we just witnessed from the severing of those two cables? Consumer groups could undertake this research. Or, since developed nations suffer more, perhaps the United Nations might want to conduct the investigation as a matter of Internet governance. We know where car traffic and sea traffic go. Why don't we know where Internet traffic goes?
Another thing we could do to stop the information dystopia is to cut down on spy satellites, but that, as they say, is another column.
Annalee Newitz is a surly media nerd who is investing in semaphore communication networks.