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From: Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 13:08:42 -0700
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On Saturday 30 August 2008 12:11, Ron Wheeler wrote:
> ...
> >
> > NO. Nobody should 'manage' it, just as nobody 'manages' the Web.
> > Which is why it works.
> The web is tightly managed. I can not just make up IP addresses.    (01)

"The Web" is not to be equated with "The Internet," of course. Portions 
of the Internet infrastructure are managed, mostly by the specification 
of a plethora of protocols that underpin its operation, by 
the "Assigned Numbers" controlled by IANA and the DNS top-level domains 
and the authorities regulating each of the TLDs.    (02)

However, I think it is not accurate to think of the Web as managed, 
tightly or otherwise. Naturally, players (by which I mean the creators 
of software) more or less comply with the Web-related standards such as 
HTTP, (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PNG, SVG, etc., but beyond these 
low-level matters (few of whose standards are as faithfully adhered to 
as the lower-level protocols) there's nothing I'd really consider 
management.    (03)

> ...
> Tight but decentralized.    (04)

A few key infrastructural elements are tightly controlled and managed. 
The rest isn't really much more than mostly cooperative (but too often 
malevolent) chaos.    (05)

Randall Schulz    (06)

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