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What should the architecture of the Internet look like?


Another issue of the Discussion Paper that we would like to debate is the architecture of the Internet.

Do calls to withdraw inside national Internet borders or diversification of physical infrastructure in response to events this summer - which have made everybody aware of the power of what can be done with the internet - pose a risk to the 'One Internet' principle?

To what extent are the current debates on internet governance sufficiently focusing on who controls key physical and logical resources (e.g. where does the majority of the traffic go to, who controls major Internet exchange points, how do key standardisation efforts influence the balance of power among stakeholders?)

How can the risk be limited that separate network infrastructures co-exist or can be isolated from one another, thus undermining the One Internet principle?

What are your thoughts on these questions?

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Prior to consider the internet architecture one should get interested in its architectonics aspects, i.e. the architectural common bases and rules (what is the internet for? is it only for information and communications? What is the communication theory? aesthetics: what is the ideal digisphere we would like to live in - ethitechnic: which rules should we respect to reach and maintain that project - what are the different model alternatives: what is the real internet architectural model, do we respect it, how does it supports diversity, etc.). Why is there no layer 6? Are there not more layers than 7? This means reviewing together RFC 1122, 1958, 3238, 3439, 3869, 3935, 5890/95. Understand where the trick is. How US e-colonization (they name it "internationalization") works? What is the statUS-quo strategy? What can we call USSH Inc. (US StakeHolders Incorporated)? Who the lead users are? What agorics and intellition means? What is the real story of the InterNet (international public packet switch services network)? Who are the designers? Have they not still ideas to bring in now we have 40 years of acculated experience about what they proposed and we have not necessarily implemented? Best !

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Andrea Glorioso's picture

Dear JFC, thank you very much for this thought-provoking intervention. I admit, however, that I would like to see also some answers to the questions you pose - or at least your (and other participants') perspectives on those questions. For example, could you elaborate a bit more on what you mean by USSH Inc.? What do you think is the "real story of the InternetNet"? This would certainly trigger interesting discussions!

P.S.: for my own benefit (and perhaps also for the benefit of other participants to this discussion) could you clarify what you mean by "agorics" and "intellition"?

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Isabel Skierka's picture

Thank you very much for your interesting comment! Please feel free to share some of your ideas on the questions you raised in your contribution above! Maybe other participants can provide some of their thoughts on these aspects of internet architecture?

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