[At-Large] Opera now lets you ditch boring web links and use emojis instead
karl at cavebear.com
Sun Feb 20 19:56:25 UTC 2022
On 2/20/22 8:52 AM, sivasubramanian muthusamy via At-Large wrote:
> What does ICANN think about private and often proprietary
> 'innovations' that aspire to "cause a major shift in the way the
> Internet [DNS] works" ?
Remember, the Internet came from a rejection of the status-quo, the
world of circuit switching and central control.
The question you asked is not far distant from a question whether we
ought to nail down the Internet in the same way the telcos of the first
three quarters of the 20th century ossified the telephone networks.
Ma Bell and other telco's imposed extreme, and often arbitrary, limits
on innovation at the edges. Take a look at the 1956 US case regarding
the Hush-a-Phone. (In that case AT&T tried to block the attachment of
what was essentially a plastic hand that would be attached by the user
to the mouthpiece of a telephone. At&T made wild claims that that would
cause the telephone network to collapse and repairmen would blown off
the top of telephone poles.) Then look at the Carterphone and MCI cases.
One of the hallmarks of the Internet is permissionless innovation at the
edges. Clearly there are balances to be made, but we risk a balance that
pushes too much control to the center.
Some decades ago I distilled this balance into a short formulation:
First Law of the Internet
+ Every person shall be free to use the Internet in any way
that is privately beneficial without being publicly
- The burden of demonstrating public detriment shall
be on those who wish to prevent the private use.
- Such a demonstration shall require clear and
convincing evidence of public detriment.
- The public detriment must be of such degree and extent
as to justify the suppression of the private activity.
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