A fascinating article: Lori Emerson and Internet pioneer John Day explore What’s Wrong with the Internet and How We Can Fix It. Emerson’s quest was “to figure out how we are unwittingly living out the legacy of the power/knowledge structures that produced TCP/IP” and ” how the Internet could have been and may still be utterly different.” In this article, Day argues that “’the Internet is an unfinished demo’ and that we have become blind not only to its flaws but also to how and why it works the way it works.”
One of the interesting things about this article is Day’s perspective on the consequence of BBN’s early architectural choices and how money can lead to a less-than-optimal path forward, then followed despite great ongoing costs and unanticipated complications. For example, settling on TCP/IP was a choice for “modularity” with a necessary perspective to the layered ecosystem that the modules would operate in.
Day’s points about Netflix and peering are more generalized than they should be, but his arguments do make me wonder what a “different Internet” would be like and how we might get there.