December 15, 2003
Please keep our Internet simple

Via Ross Mayfield's Weblog, a scary report on Verisign's designs for the Internet:

Stratton Sclavos (Verisign CEO): We have to move the complexity back into the center of the network and remove it from the edge.
Every time I'm about to give up on ICANN (and long conference calls starting at 5 AM Pacific sometimes push me that way), I hear something like this to reassert the organization's importance.

Painters buy white canvases for a reason. The Internet has succeeded as a platform for innovation because its architecture does not preempt its uses; instead, the stupid network offers a neutral background for line drawing, oil painting, and collage. Sure a grid on the blank canvas would help those making mechanical drawings at the right scale, but it's just noise to the rest, who now need to paint an extra layer to cover it up. Complexity built into the network (such as a search engine that responds to every nonexistent domain name query) may enable a few uses, but it slows or breaks many more, and impedes the development of alternatives.

Posted by Wendy at December 15, 2003 04:20 PM | TrackBack

It would be nice to hear your thoughts on the UN taking over ICANN's job... sounds like a mess to me.

Posted by: joe on December 16, 2003 06:56 AM

Some strange feeling seized me when I read your comment, guys.
Does guys's post look strange here?
No. So guys, what is the point in your comment?
There always has to be some point.
Nothing personal tho.

Posted by: Anderson.J. on February 2, 2004 11:57 AM
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Tracked: December 17, 2003 02:10 PM
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