Consultation on the Source of Policies & User Instructions for Internet Number Resource Requests.
Hello, I have a radical idea for the issuing of numbers and domain names. ICANN should recognize that the internet has evolved away from the legacy server-centric and geo-centric computing topology towards a content-centric and mobile topology. Most of the content generated on the net today is user-generated, not server-generated. This is a major revamping of the original internet's design (connecting supercomputing centers across the land for war-time reliability). Further, the economy suffers from a deep need to satisfy the economic crisis facing the world today. That problem centers on the idea of the EndOfGrowth. The solution to that problem is to make a CreativeEconomy (aka Wikinomics). The Internet has plateau'd into a balkanized surburbia where most of the creativity is either invisible or the attention gets diverted to a small number of popular sites. The popularity of the wiki-style content creation (at the original WikiWikiWeb, now at http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiWeb) and the phenomenon of Napster back in 2000, demonstrates the nascent power of PeerToPeer networking and write-anywhere methodology. To wit: Rather than old style DNS, where domains are mapped to (generally geo-specific) IP addresses, make a more generic domain-name space, that ties itself to *content*. In other words, remove the concept of TLDs and create a new routing protocol based on ContentCentricNetworking. People care about content, not about it's location, so we should rethink the notion of tieing information to a geo-specific IP address, and consider something like WikiWords -- a very successful platform for collaboration and the storage of collective knowledge. Cordially, MarkJ Tacoma, Washington pangaia.sourceforge.net P.S. As a demonstration of such a "new Internet", the above paragraphs themselves contain content-addressed (CaMeLCasEd) WikiWords located on the original Wiki of WardCunningham (at c2.net). (Since this proposal is not yet implemented for the web, you'll have to type in these WikiWords in the address-bar or use the FindPage function at the bottom of the URL I gave for the WikiWikiWeb.) In this proposal, they would be *addresses*, each user-machine can be the host of their own content, with a new kind of "root" server handling naming conflicts. See GlassBeadGame to see how far this idea can go.