The barriers to overthrowing internet feudalism

Tai Liu, Zain Tariq, Jay Chen, Barath Raghavan

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Abstract

Today's Internet scarcely resembles the mythological image of it as a fundamentally democratic system. Instead, users are at the whims of a small number of providers who control nearly everything about users' experiences on the Internet. In response, researchers and engineers have proposed, over the past decade, many systems to re-democratize the Internet, pushing control over data and systems back to the users. Yet nearly all such projects have failed. In this paper we explore why: what are the goals of such systems and what has caused them to run aground?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHotNets 2017 - Proceedings of the 16th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages72-79
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355698
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 30 2017
Event16th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2017 - Palo Alto, United States
Duration: Nov 30 2017Dec 1 2017

Publication series

NameHotNets 2017 - Proceedings of the 16th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks

Other

Other16th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPalo Alto
Period11/30/1712/1/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Liu, T., Tariq, Z., Chen, J., & Raghavan, B. (2017). The barriers to overthrowing internet feudalism. In HotNets 2017 - Proceedings of the 16th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (pp. 72-79). (HotNets 2017 - Proceedings of the 16th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3152434.3152454