A Review on the Paper: Rethinking the Design of the Internet: The end to end arguments vs. the brave new world by Clark
The paper discussed the motivations of the original proposers of the end to end arguments, how it guided the structure of the Net. In the next part of the paper, the authors focused on the changing demands of the users of the Internet as the user base grew as the Internet became more accessible to the public. Then, the authors offered several solutions to the emerging issues of the Net, both technical and non-technical. They also discussed the current situation of the Net. At the last part, they provided a conclusion.
The authors mentioned change in the Net is inevitable. They perceived during the time the paper was written, was an inflection point of the future of the Net so they made a proposal on the possible solutions to guid the future of the Net. The authors offered logical solutions to the issues of the Net. They first offered the modification of the end nodes to cater the demands but saw that a modification on the application can easily bypass the security build on the application level. The next thing they suggested was adding functions to the core of the network itself in the form of Firewalls, traffic filters. It is also good they identified the designs issues with this second proposal. The last solution was through labeling which is in the middle ground of security and anonymity.
It is also a plus that they included non technical solutions like involving the government.
I would like to point out specific good points.
(i) The rise of the less sophisticated and technical users was one of the reasons pointed out by the authors. I would like to add on this. I think that what they want to point out on this part is the rise of the movement for good user experience (UX). As an iOS developer, I have witnessed in my job that the application must be easy to use, not misleading and not confusing to the users. UX already became a large part of the applications development.
(ii) In lines 196–206, it was effective that the reader was given a brief of the next part of discussion to give an overview to the large chuck of information to follow.
(iii) Generally, the analogies to real world scenarios were effectual as I could relate more to the discussion as I am new to the concepts.
(iv) I also commend the part where the author mentioned that the ISPs were trying to understand the changing patterns of the user behavior then immediately followed the reason behind that kind of activity because personally, I would not know the reason.
Overall, I think the paper catered mostly the emerging issues of the Internet however I’ve noticed some things while reading the paper. Here are a few things I think could be improved.
(i) When the “edge” of the net was first mentioned it could’ve been defined explicitly to establish a common definition among its readers.
(ii) It could’ve been better if traffic analysis was defined on its first mention rather than in the next few
(iii) They could’ve discussed more kinds of security attacks to the user to make emphasis on the need of good Internet security.
(iv) The phrase “in other words” suggested that the first attempt of explanation was ineffective. As much as possible, sound confident on the paper to gain the users trust on the content of the paper.