09 September 2009

Open source and marketing

This article over at Ars Technica is interesting. Apparently, ipoque, a manufacturer of "Deep Packet Inspection" (DPI) equipment has released the code for parts of its key inspection engines to reassure the public that it does not include the ability to store personal information associated with users, which has been a concern voiced about these technologies.

The interesting thing about this article for me was the tradeoff made by ipoque between the value of their intellectual property and the value of the PR they would gain, followed, they must have presumed, by increased sales.

As the article in Ars points out, that privacy isn't the only concern; others are concerned about DPI from the perspective of bandwidth caps for certain applications, which would be enabled by this technology.

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