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The Internet As Network of Networks

August 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

Tiim O’Reilly writes:

The other day, I was explaining to a reporter how I could be lumping in cellphones and the next generation of sensor networks into Web 2.0. “Well, Web 2.0 is really not just about the web. It’s really about the next generation of internet applications, and includes things like P2P file sharing and VoIP, which aren’t based on the web at all. And actually, now that I mention it, it’s really not even about the internet, narrowly defined as a class of TCP/IP-based networks. It’s really about the internet as it was originally conceived, as a ‘network of networks.'”

The internet is not just about TCP/IP, though it is about the principles that made the TCP/IP based network win out over all the others, and become the lingua franca of interoperability that it is today. We’re pushing the boundaries of the old internet, as it comes to include the cellphone network, telematics networks, and other emerging forms of connectivity.

So let’s ask, where else can we apply the principles that we’re learning from the internet?

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