Earlier this week I was honored to have been invited to participate in an online symposium revisiting the ideas laid out in Jonathan Zittrain’s book The Future of the Internet. There is a lot of fascinating material there to pour over, and I highly suggest setting aside the time to do so. I unfortunately only had the time to post twice, and am not going to cross-post them here but here are the links (Lessons in Designing for Privacy, How Can we Create Even Better Incentives?).
My only disappointment is that my call for hard questions in network design appears to have fallen on deaf ears. So I will raise it here again:
I’d love to see as an outcome of this discussion a curated list of difficult policy and design questions we will face as tethered and generative systems continue their mutual march toward the future. Could we come up with a list of “Hilbert’s problems” for network design? I’ll get that list started by asking: How can we preserve the ability to remain anonymous online while reaping all the benefits that an embedded identity system can provide?
If you have any tough questions to add to such a list, throw them in the comments!