New Internet or not?

In an interview of Vinton Cerf by The Chronicle of Higher Education just released today, Cerf discusses the balancing act between control and freedom with the existing Internet. Arguments are regularly being made for and against the openness of the Internet (read lack of user identity) partially given to the fact that there is no single governing body or institution charged with it’s overall management and oversight. For this reason, among others, many scientists and researchers, including David Clark, one of the original Internet gurus from more than 30 years ago, are calling for a new Internet infrastructure as a “clean slate” from which the successes and failures of the existing Internet can be evaluated to help develop the new one. Do we need it? And how do we balance the control versus freedom problem with a new Internet?

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