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Re: book: Internet Architecture and Innovation

From: Jonathan A Rees <rees@mumble.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:04:21 -0400
Message-ID: <CAGnGFMKJcKYoMo3DdX=y0EVjPn8fAZyzRjsp6wO77HTabmDCWw@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-tag@w3.org
To clarify, I haven't read the book, and oddly there's no electronic
edition. I just thought the existence of such a book was interesting and
that maybe some www-tag reader might want to pursue this. Also the last
sentence of the blurb underscores the timeliness of Larry's governance
work. If W3C can (and chooses to) anticipate "policymaker" needs by feeding
them the recommendations they need, we'll get better, or at least better
informed, public policy.


On Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM, Jonathan A Rees <rees@mumble.net> wrote:

> *Lessig (@lessig <https://twitter.com/lessig>)*
> 9/26/12 21:56 <https://twitter.com/lessig/status/251138223139594242>
> Barbara van Schewick's amazing book, Internet Architecture and Innovation,
> is now out in paperback: amazon.com/Internet-Archi… <http://t.co/OgveMVBL>
> Publisher's gloss:
> Today--following housing bubbles, bank collapses, and high
> unemployment--the Internet remains the most reliable mechanism for
> fostering innovation and creating new wealth. The Internet's remarkable
> growth has been fueled by innovation. In this pathbreaking book, Barbara
> van Schewick argues that this explosion of innovation is not an accident,
> but a consequence of the Internet's architecture--a consequence of
> technical choices regarding the Internet's inner structure that were made
> early in its history.
> The Internet's original architecture was based on four design principles:
> modularity, layering, and two versions of the celebrated but often
> misunderstood end-to-end arguments. But today, the Internet's architecture
> is changing in ways that deviate from the Internet's original design
> principles, removing the features that have fostered innovation and
> threatening the Internet's ability to spur economic growth, to improve
> democratic discourse, and to provide a decentralized environment for social
> and cultural interaction in which anyone can participate. If no one
> intervenes, network providers' interests will drive networks further away
> from the original design principles. If the Internet's value for society is
> to be preserved, van Schewick argues, policymakers will have to intervene
> and protect the features that were at the core of the Internet's success.
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