Abstract

Can the Internet be redesigned to reduce future conflicts? The Internet's underlying architecture, Internet Protocol (IP), was introduced in 1974. Since then many ideas have been put forward about how to update and improve it. One branch of these is called “Information-Centric Networking” (ICN). Trossen and Kostopoulos note how ICN could improve the ability of the Internet to resolve conflicts between the various constellations of stakeholder interests, conflicts that they call “tussles.” Introducing a “tussle taxonomy,” they provide examples of how tussles might be resolved differently in ICN. They believe the ICN model would help rationalize pricing in a three-sided market; reduce congestion and transit costs; provide more transparency; offer more choices and possible outcomes with respect to issues such as privacy, intellectual property, and data protection; and better enable not just present but future business models that actors within the system might strive to establish.

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Author notes

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Senior researcher, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. The research of Dirk Trossen is supported by the EU FP7 project “PURSUIT” under grant FP7-INFSO-ICT 257217.

Doctoral candidate, Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business. The research of Alexandros Kostopoulos has been co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund — ESF) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) — Research Funding Program: Heracleitus II, Investing in Knowledge Society Through the European Social Fund.

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