Open Network Architectures

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The most impressive features of the Internet may be among those we notice least, because they just work: the "running code" of its low-level architecture on open standards and protocols, atop which anyone can innovate— and many have. Can we preserve this openness and its generative potential—against threats from "traffic-shaping" providers; from parasitic spammers; from proprietary overlays (DRM)? Can we replicate this openness on other networks, from the Internet NG to cellphones/Android to multimedia home-networking? Can new architectures such as mesh networking de-bottleneck the Net even further?