The way data is divided up and sent around the internet in many jumps makes it "delicate and vulnerable" to attacks or mistakes.The ferry was on it's way to Denmark from where I was going to Sweden - where there be pirates (letter's in the pirate alphabet? 1 - Ahhhh...), Some interesting points in a Newsnight article about the whole file sharing issue, which is becoming a fairly important political issue in Sweden.
However, Professor Zittrain added, the "random acts of kindness" of these unsung heroes quietly keep the net in working order.
"It's like when the Bat signal goes up and Batman answers the call," Professor Zittrain told BBC News.
It raises lots of questions - not least about the impact of fast internet connections on society. We can share files now, because of fast internet, so we do, so what impact does that have on our views about stuff like intellectual copyright and the ability of things like record companies to make money (or, logically, my words and pictures to be controlled by me).
One of the key things to realise is that Sweden, because of it's nature (big country, population v spread out) has really great, fast internet access. File sharing has become easier there quicker, so there's a more immediate impact on Swedish society. Perhaps.
Hmmm, that may be too deep for this time in the morning on ferry after about 8 cups of coffee. But important perhaps.