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Communications of the ACM

The vision of an open Internet is characteristic of Silicon Valley's tech pioneers. The free and efficient flow of packets of bits requires decentralization to prevent bottlenecks occurring at the central points as the system scales, open standards to allow interoperability, and IP addresses to identify the correct destination. We take this system for granted, but one does not need a very long memory to recall a time when IT was dominated by proprietary protocols like AppleTalk or DECnet, and when one could not easily send an email message from AOL to Prodigy. Yet the Internet has not simply improved--it has evolved into an open system as a result of philosophical and political decisions, as well as technical ones.2,5 In a recent Communications "Cerf's Up" column, Vinton Cerf argued there is a fundamental division between the IP layer and the application layers of the Internet, which together function to keep the open Internet flowing, and what he called the "virtual political layer," higher in the stack where the content is consumed and judged.

Internet Of Things (IoT): 5 Essential Ways Every Company Should Use It


The Internet of Things (IoT) means everyday objects are now creating data and connecting to the internet. The result is more data - a lot more data. Data we can use in ways we could not have imagined even 10 years ago. Watches now monitor our sleep and keep track of our activities, TVs understand what we say, golf clubs tell us how to improve our swing, and cars, planes or ships make autonomous journeys. Today, we have about 15 billion IoT devices.

What Everyone Should Know About The Internet Of Things


While most people have heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) -- a network of everyday objects with internet connectivity -- there's a lot of misinformation or lack of information surrounding this growing industry. In order to help consumers understand, seven technology leaders from Forbes Technology Council explain what people should know about the IoT that they might not be aware of yet. "The Cloud" is simply the internet. And data is always data. The IoT of things is nothing more than a new set of devices sending data to the internet, just like personal computers and mobile phones did before.

Five young people describe their dream internet

BBC News

To mark the United Nations Day of Anti-Bullying, the Internet Society and Panos Pictures asked young people around the world what their dream internet would look like. "The internet needs to feel more like chatting in a bar," said Adela Goberna, 23, a newly qualified lawyer and co-founder of the Internet Society's Youth Special Interest Group. "You need to be able to say, 'OK, our opinions are different but I respect what you're saying and I'm getting something from this conversation.' And I think that type of conversation makes people much more relaxed and willing to speak." Her game, called Cempala: Prime Numbers, teaches students mathematics while also talking about ecology and Indonesian heritage.