VIDEO: Geoff Huston on the future directions of the Internet #apricot2017

At the recent APRICOT Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at APNIC, gave a rather dystopian view of the Internet’s future, referring to the current period as a “gilded age” – a late 19th century trope, coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, that described the rise of an oligarchic veneer that masked underlying social malaise. What provokes Huston is after the Internet disrupted  the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), it is now in danger of being disrupted itself. The rise consolidation of ubiquitous major Content Delivery Network nodes connected via private networks, is 1) belaying the need for, and thus investment in, global Open Internet infrastructure, and also 2) removing all options for public oversight of these networks. His closely argued views are well summarized by Don Dambandaraska in this news story, and are expounded on at length by Huston himself in a Circle ID post, and expressed succinctly in the video interview below.

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