The ubiquitous internet: Into eternity?
We all take the ubiquity of the Internet for granted: anyone, anywhere, anytime, any device, any connection, any app...but for how long? Is the future of the Internet really at stake? Discussions about control of the Internet, its architecture and of the applications running on it started more than a decade ago (Blumenthal & Clark, 2001). This topic is becoming more and more important for citizens, businesses, and governments across the world. In its original set-up, the architecture of the Internet did not favor one application over another and was based on the net neutrality principle (Wu, 2003). However, architectures should be understood an "alternative way of influencing economic systems" (Van Schewick, 2010), but they should not be a substitute for politics (Agre, 2003). The architecture is laid down in standards and therefore discussions about the future of the Internet should also address the role of standards. This is what this chapter aims to do.
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van Wessel, R, & de Vries, H.J. (2013). The ubiquitous internet: Into eternity?. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4715-2.ch005