Technical architectures can feel deterministic when they wall us in, but they can also do the opposite. They can foster an openness that offers or even requires interaction between users and that prompts collaborative sense-making. For inspiration, we can look at the network layer of the Internet.Read More
Publications & Appearances
How do networkers manufacture Internet connectivity? I have been pondering about this question for several years now. My research involved interviewing 50 network engineers, peering coordinators and observers from around the globe. At the RIPE Meeting in Dubai I presented some of my reflections.Read More
For the majority of people in developed countries, the Internet is invisible most of the time. A socket in the wall, a cell site atop a building, a WiFi password written on a restaurant menu – only rarely are we reminded of the fact that Internet connectivity is not just there like a natural resource. It has become ambient. But for some people there is another side to it. This is a text about the networkers who make the Internet work.Read More
There are many resources to turn to in order to learn about Internet peering. But when it comes to de-peering, networkers are mostly left with their gut feeling. This is an article about the Dos and Don'ts of dissolving peering relationships.Read More
As of today, networkers have interconnected more than 55,000 Autonomous Systems. To find out about about the coordinative efforts that lie behind this achievement, we need to look at the uncertainties that networkers overcome in their day to day practices.Read More
Many vendors and developers of so-called 'internet of things' devices still take on little responsibility for the internet that they rely on. At the Internet Governance Forum 2016 RIPE NCC convened some smart people and me to discuss the issue and point to ways forward. The whole session about this timely topic is worth watching. My contribution starts at 32:00.
One of the internet’s key features is that it keeps networking functions separate from the applications and services that use these functions. However, network operators and especially internet service providers appear to be becoming more content aware. Networking is becoming more intertwined with content. This might have implications for tomorrow’s internet.Read More