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Vint Cerf: 'The Internet Is For Everyone' 163

Joel Rowbottom writes "Vint Cerf has written a damn fine RFC (3271), entitled 'The Internet Is For Everyone'. It's a good, well-balanced document which details the 'Internet Society's ideology' about the growth of the 'Net, where we can go now, and where we might be in some years' time. Worth a read."
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Vint Cerf: 'The Internet Is For Everyone'

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  • by LordoftheFrings ( 570171 ) <> on Saturday April 27, 2002 @11:28AM (#3420938) Homepage
    If only 25% of the then world's population is on the Internet, that will be nearly 3 billion users. With the current Internet Protocol standard, (four period seperated octants), there are only 4228250625 possible IP addresses. In addition to this, many are invalid for use on the Internet, as they are for local networks or use (172.XXX.XXX.XXX, etc) What happens when we end up running out of addresses? Just something to think about.
  • by Bowie J. Poag ( 16898 ) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @01:20PM (#3421235) Homepage

    Since it's an RFC, here's my C..

    The Internet should not be "for everyone", much the same way as driving a car should not be legal for everyone.

    Having been a SysAdmin for a number of years, I can tell you that the vast majority of Internet users are law-obiding, decent and considerate people. Then, of course, you have the 1% who want to take such a wonderful gift, and abuse it. They will abuse it for their own personal or financial game, or simply because they get off on making someone else on the other end of their "attack" miserable.

    I propose that people should be required to carry a Computer License, which proves they are capable of using the Internet responsibly, in much the same way as you're required to carry a Drivers License to prove you know how to use a car responsibly.

    To the vast majority of us, its no big deal. Having a Computer License is no more a threat to one's personal freedoms and rights to privacy as carrying a Drivers License is. For people who have demonstrated a clear-cut lack of understanding of the fundemental governing principles of behavior and usage, their license should be revoked, just as it is for people who have demonstrated a lack of understanding for the basic principles of behavior and usage for a car. While I wouldn't impose fines, and I would not create a police force to apply the law, I would leave it up to the individual ISP to decide how to best apply this for his or her system.

    Its only after we do something like I've just described that the net can be cleaned up, and relatively free of abuse, garbage, and other miscellaneous mindbarf.


  • Re:1000 million? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by emn-slashdot ( 322299 ) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @03:19PM (#3421615)
    > It's just like the way the americans are refusing to accept SI units, when every other country uses them. But I guess, if it's the American Way, it is the Right Way. And if we refuse to admit this, the USA will be happy to bomb us into submission

    I guess you don't live in america. America uses metric mesurements when dealing with a vast majority of things. It's not because we think our way is wrong or right. It's because it would cost a lot of money to change all the road signs in america. Anything scientific is measured in metric units. Many lesser educated people don't know what a millimeter is, but I'd expect they also don't know how to read or write. There are certain exceptions to this broad generalization I'm sure.

  • by MoneyT ( 548795 ) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @08:32PM (#3422667) Journal
    Actualy, the internet is only going back to it's roots. Sort of. Originaly it was just college networks and government networks. But some people decided it would make a cool thing for everyone to have, so they started hacking. Then someone had the bright idea that they could bring this to the masses and make money off it. Now it's just going back to the wealthy elite. And when control has reverted completely, a new generation of hackers will come into being, and the cycle will continue.
  • by MoneyT ( 548795 ) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @08:45PM (#3422700) Journal
    Because the world governments can't stand it. And neither can the average citizen. Imagine, a world were everyone can say and do what they like and the only way they are kept in check is because everyone owns a gun. That's essentialy what the internet has to be in order for it to be perfectly free and the average human and government drone is very much afraid of this. The internet is truly anarchy at it's hight. The only way to not get bombarded is to not go there in the first place. It places the entire burden of censoring on you. You decide what you want to see, hear and read, not the government. Unfortunately, untill everyone on line is able to effectively hack everyone else, this can't really exist because some people are evil. So what you will have is a sort of sci-fi post appocolpse world. Average citizenry will have a little bit of space for it self, but will constantly be in danger of lossing that space or having it attacked by evil people (Black-hat hackers) The only protection people will have is a self regulating group of white-hat hackers who will act as world wide vigilantes ensuring people are given basic freedom on the net. The net will be in a constant state of informational warfare, but that's what human nature is all about. Information, knowledge, is real power, and that's how the internet will be regulated, by the intelligent and the smart. And like everything in life, when it becomes corrupt, the highest regim will be overthrown. The internet is the electronic version of earth. Nothing more, nothing less. Except, people online are regulated by outside laws. The only way for the internet to truly be free is to cut it loose from law and let it self regulate, just like the real world does. You think I'm crazy, but think about it, read it again, it makes sense.

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