Crayon Kid writes: I submit to your attention the notion that Operation 'Anonymous' may have, after all, succeeded. Misguided teenager shenanigans aside, I think they made one important point: that if one site or service can be taken down for reasons seen by some as arbitrary, then any other sites and services can be taken down just as easily and for equally arbitrary reasons.
In doing so, they have (albeit inadvertedly) called into question the fabric and organization of the Internet itself. It is becoming more and more obvious that the ideals that the Internet was built upon, both technological and philosophical, have failed. The Internet of today, despite what we would like to believe, is a badly hammered together mess which does not cope well with censorship, damage or bad noise-to-signal ratio.
Key technologies and policies need to be addressed, reexamined and changed. For many of them work is already underway: DNS, IP address space, routing, distributed information hosting.
But most important perhaps is the realization that we cannot have it both ways: either it is ultimately possible to deny access to any pieces of information and services, or to none of them.