Focus on Standards Adoption – Charles Eckels
|Meeting Slides||Decentralization of the Internet Research Group (dinrg) RG|
|Date and time||2021-06-03 19:00|
|Title||Focus on Standards Adoption – Charles Eckels|
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Title: Focus on Standards Adoption Abstract: The Internet was built on standards developed and deployed in a decentralized yet cooperative fashion, giving rise to a Decentralized Internet that provided a means to connect to a large number of users. This inspired more deployment and collaboration on new standards. But as the Internet grew, so did the number and complexity of standards on which it was built. New standards lacked corresponding efforts to promote adoption and use. Proprietary overlays that were easy to use became very attractive, with large conferences, dedicated support staff, and user forums promoting their adoption and leading to a centralization of the Internet. A Decentralized Internet requires more focus on adoption of Internet standards. This is arguably more important than developing new standards. One small example is the Hackathon@AIS, sponsored by the African Internet Society, which featured multiple tracks aimed at exposing engineers from African to Internet standards development and use. Everyone involved was eager to learn, share, and work together to apply new concepts. More events like this are needed throughout the world to empower more people to use existing and evolving standards that promote a Decentralized Internet.