Creating Tomorrow's Internet.
INTERNET MARK 2 NEWSLETTER - MAY 2005
A warm welcome to all our readers! In this issue:
=> ADDITIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
=> WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
=> BIG SELLOFF - ANALYSIS REPORT
=> IETF PONDERS SLOW PACE
=> SHORT NEWS ITEMS
- Google owns the news by 2014
- W3C gets pro-active with Mobile Web Initiative
- BitTorrent goes trackerless - and gets into trouble
- Piggybank is cool bananas
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INTERNET MARK 2 ADVISORY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
We are very pleased to announce two new appointments to our Advisory Council, Esther Dyson and KC Claffy. They join Carlos Afonso, Izumi Aizu, Ben Laurie, Adam Peake, James Seng, Yakov Shafranovich, Paul Vixie and Meng Weng Wong. We are pleased to have them join the other members, who cover a wide range of skills in policy, strategy, and technical development, and include some of the world's foremost experts in areas such as internationalised domain names, internet protocol development, anti-spam technologies, Internet security, open source software, and Internet policy and strategy development.
K C Claffy is Principal Investigator for the Distributed Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), and Resident Research Scientist based at the University of California's San Diego Supercomputer Center. KC's research interests include Internet workload/performance data collection, analysis and visualization, particularly with respect to commercial ISP collaboration/cooperation and sharing of analysis resources. KC received her PhD in Computer Science from UCSD in 1994.
Esther Dyson is editor at large at CNET Networks, where she is responsible for its monthly newsletter, Release 1.0, and its PC Forum, the high-tech market's leading annual executive conference. At Release 1.0 and in her private investment activities, Dyson focuses on emerging technologies, emerging companies and emerging markets. She is the author of "Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age", and also an active player in discussions and policy-making concerning the Internet and society. From 1998 to 2000, she was founding chairman of ICANN. A variety of government officials worldwide turn to her for advice on Internet policy issues.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
Our initial discussions have been wide ranging. Among the matters covered have been:
* Ethernet everywhere. Jose Morales Barroso's proposal (see http://www.internetmark2.org/involved/nlet4.html) aroused a lot of interest and preliminary support.
* Overlay networks in general. The overlay approach is essentially what started the Internet, and appears to be one of the most sensible paths forward. (Interestingly, we are suggesting applying the same approach to Internet governance, see below)
* Root zone policy. The unilateral control of root zone policy by US government is not even a contentious matter at WSIS any more - rather, there is a strong consensus that this must change. But how would a transition occur?
* Next generation networks. How can we guide progression so that core Internet values move to next generation networks?
* What Paul Vixie calls "the pesky problem of the installed base". (how easy life would be if we didn't have to worry about bringing every Internet user forward to next generation networks).
* Dedicated resources and volunteerism. One of the huge problems of current internet governance structures is the reliance on volunteer effort, particularly in IETF. See article below.
Happy to receive your feedback on any of these issues (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IETF PONDERS SLOW PACE
IETF's mailing list for the past month has been dominated by concerns about the slow pace of approval of documents. Major concerns have been raised about the nature of IETF structure and how difficult it is, with volunteer effort needed before any proposed standard is adopted. This typically results in delays of many months before standards are adopted.
Among the comments:
"Mechanisms that are designed to balance trade-offs between timeliness and oversight have become skewed wholly towards the oversight, losing the timeliness"
"We have a process that isn't working. We have at least 3 years in which the community forcefully sounded the the alarm. Yet we have no changes that make our output more timely, relevant and useful".
"The usual reference to fear of releasing bad specifications onto the net nicely ignores the dangers of releasing no specifications, or of having the specifications get developed elsewhere".
The feedback and discussion is not surprising. In the Internet Analysis Report 2004 we identified problems with the IETF structure, and particularly with the lack of user input and with volunteer structures. It's nice to see these issues being discussed openly; it would be nicer to see some appropriate structural change take place.
The Working Group on Internet Governance meets again this month and, having completed its analysis, is looking towards what recommendations it might make.
Internet Mark 2 has forwarded a submission to the Working Group covering a number of matters, but particulary suggesting the need for more adequate structures to deal with public policy issues and root zone policy. There seems to be a lot of support at this stage for some change - and even ICANN is now privately discussing its willingness to accept that change might be necessary.
We have suggested the changes as an overlay on existing structures. Critical as we have been of ICANN and IETF, we believe that reform is possible from within, providing appropriate stakeholder input structures are in place. For now, we believe that a public policy governance layer is the most appropriate outcome for the WSIS process. But that's hardly the end of governance debates - rather, that's the beginning of a transition to more appropriate structures for the new generation internet.
INTERNET ANALYSIS REPORT 2004 - PROTOCOLS AND GOVERNANCE
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So if you have only read the Executive Summary, and wondered what was behind it, here is your opportunity to acquire the full report.
The 2004 report has been well received across the world, and by government and industry figures alike. Among our feedback has been:
"a good and informative paper"
"lays out its case in simple, understandable terms"
"what I found valuable about it was the breadth of the approach, introducing readers to a wide range of barriers that the Internet faces in increasing the breadth and depth of its current coverage"
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GOOGLE OWNS THE NEWS BY 2014
Mockumentary site at: http://www.robinsloan.com/epic/
Well worth watching!
W3C GETS PROACTIVE WITH MOBILE WEB INITIATIVE
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) formally launched the Mobile Web Initiative at its WWW2005 Conference in Chiba, Japan, on Wednesday, putting out a call for participants to join two working groups focused on making Web access from mobile devices as natural and easy as making a telephone call. http://newsletter.infoworld.com/t?ctl=D6D5A4:2AEDE26
BITTORRENT GOES TRACKERLESS
BitTorrent Goes Trackerless: Publishing with BitTorrent gets easier!
US Government closes down BitTorrent site
The Elite Torrents network, found online at www.elitetorrents.org, has been shut down by US law enforcement officers for distributing illegal copies of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" before it appeared in movie theaters. Meanwhile, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has managed to shut down at least five BitTorrent networks through lawsuits and has also sued individuals who use them.
Editors note: As if anyone really wants to watch Star Wars on a computer screen! Leaving aside the legality for a second, if theft of copyright was going to break large companies, Microsoft would have been out of business ages ago. Just like the CD and the cassette were going to ruin the music industry, now Hollywood is going to be ruined by BitTorrent... let's ban motor vehicles while we are at it, they get used in bank robberies.
PIGGY BANK IS COOL BANANAS
To quote Seth Johnson, " Now, manipulating published information becomes a mode of speech for all who can cross the digital divide, a ubiquitous vernacular, not solely something you use reified tools for. There are no "P2P applications." "P2P" is the Internet. We can now begin expressing, employing and sharing abstract protocols and algorithms, with a full mutual understanding that that is what they are, and that that is the coin of the realm, not static applications and ossified works -- and we now know intrinsically that this is the degree of flexibility of syntax and paradigm that we require, to exercise our capacities with the full freedom of language itself"
(and he doesn't even work for the company, as far as I can see..)
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