A Small Re-Design Project

stanford_clean_slate.pngStanford University has started an interdisciplinary research program, Clean Slate Design for the Internet, that asks the beguilingly simple questions: “With what we know today, if we were to start again with a clean slate, how would we design a global communications infrastructure?”, and “How should the Internet look in 15 years?”

The whitpaper for the project [PDF] makes this statement in its introductory overview:

We believe that the current Internet has significant deficiencies that need to be solved before it can become a unified global communication infrastructure. Further, we believe the Internet’s shortcomings will not be resolved by the conventional incremental and “backward-compatible” style of academic and industrial networking research. The proposed program will focus on unconventional, bold, and long-term research that tries to break the network’s ossification.


  1. Priit Parmakson

    I would be a pessimist. Open source development has succeeded (or at least, resulted workable technologies – Firefox, for example) there large ambitious institutional programs (Internet Explorer) have failed.

    What if somebody would suggest the same for law? Legal code is incremental and backward-compatible. Incremental development (conventional in law, relatively new – in IT) should not be underestimated