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Q2: Internet Challenges

What specific challenges ­ including, but not restricted to technical and political challenges ­ do you expect the Internet to encounter during your tenure? How would you recommend that ISOC meet them?

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5 Responses to “Q2: Internet Challenges”

  1. Comment by: Daniel Karrenberg   
    March 20th, 2008 at 5:47 am

    Scaling wihout partitioning.

    ISOC needs to talk about this and make it explicit wherever it is not.
    ISOC needs foster discussion about ways for the Internet to scale
    and support significant initiatives to enable scaling and fulfil our
    credo: the Internet is for everyone.

  2. Comment by: Ganesh   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Technology wise internet is growing from one dimension to another dimension (eg Web 2.0). The unrestricted growth of Internet is considered good for the society, however, it will bring few concerns at political level. The major changes at political level would be multilinguism, issue of parallel internet, IDNs, online diplomacy to name a few. Both political and technical issues are sensitive in nature. ISOC should play an important role in creating an environment where various stakeholders from different sectors of civil society, academia, industry can communicate at larger platform.

  3. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    The greatest challenge for the Internet in the coming years – as Daniel correctly states it – is scaling upwards without partitioning.

    We already see several scaling phenomena that could well lead into a fractioning of the Interrnet that is undesirable. Among these are the social-networking sites, which scale the Internet experience down from being a single, global Internet to a number of self-selected groups, and unwise implementations of IDNs which may suddenly isolate entire countries from the one, single, global Internet. The worst part of this risk is that the forces that drive it may be deliberate and happy to isolate millions in one blow.

    Another grave risk the Internet faces is the growth, fueled by commercial and political interest, of models of networking based on the “owned networks” paradigm that is still much in the mind of many companies and governments. There ensues the need to follow and participate in an informed manner in debates on subjects such as NGN’s and Network Neutrality, and ISOC must foster this informed and principled debate.

    Censorship of content and communications is another serious risk for the Internet as a whole. If a person in country A has to be careful not to communicate in a certain way with someone in country B because it could put people in country B in trouble, effectively also country A has seen its freedoms diminished. The power of the Internet to breach barriers of culture and territory to foster improvement will be diminished all the same.

    Finally – for a brief list – the loss of trust among people on the Internet, without giving proper dimension to the balance between online and off-line risks, is also apt to damage the Internet seriously. ISOC at all levels, not the least its Chapters, has to confront this by helping educate the general population, the providers of services of all kinds (including banks, ISPs, etc.), governments (all branches: legislative and judiciary, not only the executive), and contribute to create a transparent, safe ecology of the Internet.

  4. Comment by: Laina   
    March 26th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    The Internet has no real border and this is a real handicap for prosecutors to take criminals through successful prosecution. There is thus no societal check on cybercrime per se. Today, the cybercriminal economy is one of the greatest challenges on the Internet. It is a thriving economy and perpetuates fraud, pornography, slavery, and so many other serious crimes. There is a real need for a cross border society to put a check to this. ISOC can serve as a forum of dialogue between governments, private sector, and even academia to have an effective “societyâ€? to put a stop to cybercrimes. Working on cybersecurity without working on cybercriminal economy is after all futile.

  5. Comment by: Laina   
    March 26th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Meanwhile, the traditional telecommunications world has finally embraced IP as the key to the convergence they have been talking about for so many years. Convergence is decidedly IPNGN and they are rapidly consolidating their networks over IP. However, they are now realizing that they have not quite figured out sustainable business models. Hence, one of the greatest challenges will be the clash of business cultures and models, leading to debates about Net Neutrality, drive to “walled gardensâ€?, emerging cybercriminal economies, commoditizing access, reemergence of monopolies, etc. These economic challenges will have great impact on end users, who themselves are being redefined, often being providers and economic drivers themselves. The redefinition of the “Internetâ€? and “end usersâ€? will also be one of the major challenges to ISOC’s vision that the “Internet is for everyoneâ€?.

    ISOC having been on the forefront of the Internet, can serve as a forum for dialogue and consultation.

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