Hilary was the presenter at the Verisign Labs Distinguished Speakers Series in late May, and brought a fascinating perspective on what Bitly is learning about human behavior through its URL shortening service. The company is asking questions like: What links are users shortening so they can share them with other users? And what shortened links are they clicking on? It turns out that there’s a difference: users tend to shorten more links that make them seem intelligent – such as world news – yet click on more links that arguably would make them seem less so – like celebrity gossip. The links that are shared and clicked on more are the lowest common denominator among the ones that were initially shortened.Read more
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Now that the big day is past, what’s next?
In one of my tweets on IPv6, I observed that there are enough IPv6 addresses that usage could double every year into the start of the next century without exhausting them all. So I’m not too concerned now about what’s next after IPv6.
I am curious, however, about what’s next with IPv6.Read more
In recent interviews about World IPv6 Launch I’ve been asked by several different people whether or not I think there needs to be some kind of a “Flag Day” on which the world all together switches from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to the version 6 (IPv6).
I don’t think a flag day is needed. World IPv6 Launch is just the right thing.
It’s worth looking at some previous flag-type days to get a better sense of why.Read more
Two decades ago, when I was part of a startup company in the pre-web-era, we developed software on a local network of PCs and workstations, distributed it to our customers on 3-1/2” disks, and documented it in printed volumes – and for our very advanced customers, made it available for download via FTP. The pace of change was much slower in that less-connected world.
Nowadays, as one of the moderators of the recent TNW2012 conference opined, "One coder, one weekend, some pizza, a lot of coffee, and you'll build something."
Much of the public policy discussion in Internet circles in recent months – including the Global INET conference in Geneva last month celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Internet Society - has been on the topic of Internet governance: how to steer the Internet to balance the diverse objectives of its numerous stakeholders.
The debates around control versus creativity, voluntary versus mandatory, centralized versus distributed, have counterparts in other dialogues on how society should share and sustain vital resources. Humans have been forming and reforming structures for balancing stakeholders’ interests in the world’s often limited resources for millennia.
But the Internet is different than nearly every other resource, natural or constructed, that humans have aspired to govern in two fundamental ways. First, it encompasses vast computational capabilities, even an emergent form of distributed intelligence. Second, those capabilities are not only renewable, but they are expanding at a dramatic pace.Read more