Re: [arch-d] Musings on Internet evolution

Alexandre Petrescu <> Fri, 17 July 2020 13:36 UTC

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Le 08/07/2020 à 15:26, Jari Arkko a écrit :
> Colin, Tommy, Alissa and me wrote some thoughts on COVID-19 impacts, 
> Internet evolution, and future challenges. See here:
But what do you think?


Thank you for putting the document together, and for asking.

I think I share the view that operating the Internet did not see
significant disruption during the frontal COVID crisis.  For example,
the announced overload of netflix did not materialize.  But certainly
there might have been other operations that were affected.

An additional reason why it is difficult to say now how COVID affect(ed)
the Internet is because COVID is not over.  It is a wave, now maybe at a
second ripple, which can not be understood in just a few months time.
We are below the water level, we are not surfing on it.  It might last
years, like the other pandemics.  Let us check the status of that impact

I would like to add another musing, which I do not intend to
be provocative at all, but I feel it deserves being part of a complete
picture.  The musing is the following: it is universally agreed that the
Internet helped a lot steering through the crisis, and I fully share the
view, having myself experienced the benefits.  However, I will dare to
ask: did the Internet contribute to the creation of this event?  Can
we in all confidence answer by the negative?  As a tool created by
humans, to what extent the existence and use of the Internet contributed
to the factors that are now mentioned as potential sources of this
crisis? (de-forestation, unbalanced population to areas, and less
Nature in general).  Musing on this question does not lead me to be
certain that Internet did only good in this event.


  > What do you think has fuelled evolution, what do you see in store in
> these processes in the future, and what bigger challenges do you 
> think we face in the Internet? Do you see other changes that 
> functional aspects, e.g., about the way evolution happens? (We’ve 
> seen some movement from standards to open source-based 
> interoperability, for instance.)>

> Jari
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