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Internet Evolution

Questions and Answers

In our questioning we were interested in understanding what our contributors thought the changing shape, structure, and composition of traffic on the Internet could tell us about its likely future. Is the current trajectory ‘healthy’ for the future of the Internet? What is a ‘healthy’ Internet anyway? Is the Internet as an open platform for innovation threatened by the trends being observed? What, if anything, can this data tell us about how the Internet is evolving in 2011?

Questions and Contributor Answers

Question 1: The Internet itself was an innovation and it has served as an open platform for unprecedented innovations in networking, applications and services for years. The data provides evidence that the Internet is becoming ‘flatter’ (increasingly direct interconnection of content and consumer). Is this necessarily part of a trend towards a less-innovative platform? Read the contributor’s answers.

Question 2: Is the relative decline in P2P traffic volume indicative of the triumph of business models over technology? Read the contributor’s answers.

Question 3: What is your perception of the import of the increasing dominance of a handful of application protocols—simplification? ossification? something else? Read the contributor’s answers.

Question 4: What do these observable trends in Internet evolution mean for the future of the Internet? Read the contributor’s answers.

Question 5: Any other observations or interpretations of these reports in terms of impact and import for the future of the Internet that you would like to share? Read the contributor’s answers.