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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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4 Responses to “Q2: Internet Challenges”

  1. Comment by: Guanghao Li   
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I personally think that the 2008 IGF meeting has identify well about the future challenges Internet will face: further adoption – “Reach the next billionâ€?; balance between safety and privacy –“Promoting Cyber-Security and Trustâ€?. With ISOC already heavily involved in the IGF process, ISOC could certainly cope with these challenges at the following area:
    1. Not only help to reduce the cost of accessing the technology, but also help to find ways that assist people reduce living cost, generate income, and improve their life quality by using the technology. These work will help the wider spread of Internet and really make it beneficially to mankind;
    2. Going further from the current strategy initiative “Trust and Identityâ€?, emphasize on implementation, really making the research program work. Only when the research is in work, it can help improve situations, instead of just sitting on paper.

  2. Comment by: Franck   
    April 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    We see more and more governments (via lobby groups) trying to reclaim power over the Internet.
    In the direction of Trust and Identity and InterNetworks, ISOC must ensure that the Internet is not dependent to a single entity. It is mostly true today, but some part of the Internet can affect greatly other parts.
    This could be essential for advising on the transition of ICANN from the JPA, for resilience to fiber optic cuts, for resilience from bringing back volume charges and other filtering systems on the Internet.
    Finally the Internet should be a place of freedom and not limitations while security of people is possible.

  3. Comment by: Jonathan Zittrain   
    April 12th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Li and Franck point out important challenges; maintaining the Internet’s largely decentralized architecture is crucial, as is ensuring that those central points of convention — such as the DNS — do not become routine points of control.

    I’ve written at length about the stresses the Internet is experiencing precisely because of its success. (Chapter 3 of “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It” at covers it in detail, and has excerpts along with a range of responses.) My worries are loosely under the “security” rubric, and they cover threats to Internet addressing and routing as well as threats to “generative” devices hooked up to the Internet — such as standard personal computers. I worry even more about the backlash we’ll experience if the Internet (or its connected devices) experience a watershed security event or even the slower death of a thousand cuts.

    If people move away from platforms, whether local- or cloud-based, where they get to control what code they run, and into new “gated communities” where applications are vetted by others and consumer choice is limited to abandoning such a community, we will lose much of the innovative spark that gave us the benefits of the Internet to begin with.

    Our best hope for avoiding this future is to cultivate and reinforce the civic defense systems that can match the civic technologies of the Internet and PC. I’m amazed at the role that, say, the IETF and NANOG play in facilitating solutions to problems as they come up, and am eager to brainstorm ways for non-technical Internet users to help, such as by providing anonymized telemetry from their PCs that aggregated can indicate the overall health of the system. (See for a first cut at this.)

  4. Comment by: Khaled Koubaa   
    April 13th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I think the main challenge that has ISOC is how to participate in making the “Internet for everyoneâ€? for the next 2 billions users ? Knowing that those next billions of users come from different regions and specially from the developing countries. ISOC should reinforce its work locally through the chapters and regional bureaus to be part of the local decision making process. Technical challenges are also important with the need of providing connectivity to those next billions.

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