Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow’s Internet. David D. Clark, John Wroclawski, Karen R. Sollins (MIT LCS), Robert
The architecture of the Internet is based on a number of principles, including
the self-describing datagram packet, the end to end arguments, diversity in
technology and global addressing. As the Internet has moved from a research
curiosity to a recognized component of mainstream society, new requirements
have emerged that suggest new design principles, and perhaps suggest that we
revisit some old ones. This paper explores one important reality that
surrounds the Internet today: different stakeholders that are part of the
Internet milieu have interests that may be adverse to each other, and these
parties each vie to favor their particular interests. We call this process
``the tussle''. Our position is that accommodating this tussle is crucial to
the evolution of the network's technical architecture. We discuss some
examples of tussle, and offer some technical design principles that take it
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