IWCI will take place on December 7, 2021. All times are CET, i.e., UTC+1.
Welcome (12:15pm - 12:30pm)
Session 1 (12:30pm - 2:00pm)
Centralization is about Control, not Protocols
Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University)
Internet flattening and consolidation considered useful (for deploying new Internet architecture)
Kazuaki Ueda (KDDI Research, Inc.), Atsushi Tagami (KDDI Research, Inc.)
Break (2:00pm - 2:30pm)
Panel (2:30pm - 4:00pm)
- Panel: “Make Internet Decentralized Again. Path Forward.”
- Geoff Huston (APNIC)
- Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University)
- Lixia Zhang (UCLA)
- John Adler (Celestia Lab)
- Alex Afanasyev (FIU)
The development of the TCP/IP architecture 40 years ago led to an explosive growth of the global internet in the following 20 years, where any host could talk to any other host. However, over the last decade, the global Internet has reached a significant level of service consolidation and centralization. A small number of cyber giants collectively hold the control over information discovery, communication, social interactions, and all other major Internet-based applications. Such centralization brought unparalleled efficiency of the production of goods and services, together with the downside risks of technology monocultures, monopolies, loss of user privacy, large scale vulnerability, and most of all, the concentration of control power.
The goal of this panel is to explore our path forward to make the Internet decentralized again. We plan to examine this question from multiple perspectives:
- How the Internet got from where it was to where it is today, i.e., which technological, economical, and/or regulation considerations moved us towards centralization?
- What solutions have been explored in mitigating Internet centralization (peer-to-peer networking? blockchains? information-centric networking? what else?)
- What are the potential forces that may steer Internet away from centralization?
Break (4:00pm - 4:30pm)
Session 2 (4:30pm - 6:00pm)
Designing Hydra with Centralized versus Decentralized Control: A Comparative Study
Siqi Liu (UCLA), Varun Patil (UCLA), Tianyuan Yu (UCLA), Alexander Afanasyev (Florida International University), Frank Alex Feltus (Clemson University), Susmit Shannigrahi (Tennessee Technological University) , Lixia Zhang (UCLA)
Distributed Ledgers for Distributed Edge: Are we there yet?
Leo Eichhorn (Technical University of Munich), Tanya Shreedhar (IIIT Delhi), Aleksandr Zavodovski (Uppsala University), Nitinder Mohan (Technical University Munich)
Decentralizing Computation with Edge Computing: Potential and Challenges
Aleksandr Zavodovski (Uppsala University), Lorenzo Corneo (Uppsala University), Nitinder Mohan (Technical University of Munich), Suzan Bayhan (University of Twente), Pengyuan Zhou (University of Science and Technology of China), Walter Wong (University of Helsinki), Andreas Johnsson (Uppsala University), Jussi Kangasharju (University of Helsinki)