Technology - Internet 1 - Overview

Synopsis

TCP/IP is the only networking protocol which scales from LANs to a global network. We examine the Internet’s contemporary and future impact, its mobile applications, discovery and purchase of music, video and text, Quality of Service and the continuing drive for a single network capable of carrying all types of traffic. We also discuss the crisis in routing and addressing, and the problems caused by ‘botnets’ - millions of compromised computers - being used for criminal purposes.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
    • 2.1 History
      • 2.1.1 1971 ARPANET
      • 2.1.2 1993 WWW and HTTP
      • 2.1.3 1996 commercial expansion
      • 2.1.4 IETF technical standards
    • 2.2 Contemporary and future impact
      • 2.2.1 Mobile Internet access
      • 2.2.2 Mobile IP addresses
      • 2.2.3 Permanent broadband connectivity
      • 2.2.4 Discovery and purchase of music, video and text
      • 2.2.5 Encryption and copying of software and other material
      • 2.2.6 Streaming audio and video
      • 2.2.7 Micropayments and alternatives to credit cards
      • 2.2.8 Implications for democracy
      • 2.2.9 Censorship and proxy servers
      • 2.2.10 Censorship and search engines
      • 2.2.11 Strong cryptography
      • 2.2.12 Social impact
      • 2.2.13 Advertising
      • 2.2.14 Mobile Internet applications
      • 2.2.15 Low cost, unrestricted publishing
      • 2.2.16 Open source software
    • 2.3 The Internet’s future – with QoS, ATM and MPLS
      • 2.3.1 MPLS and the IETF
  • 3. Challenges to the Internet’s stability
    • 3.1 The crisis in routing and addressing
      • 3.1.1 Routers in the Default Free Zone (DFZ)
      • 3.1.2 Route Aggregation
      • 3.1.3 Multihoming at odds with route aggregation
      • 3.1.4 Provider Independent addresses
      • 3.1.5 The crisis and its potential solutions
    • 3.2 Security, spam and botnets
      • 3.2.1 Uses of botnets
      • 3.2.2 Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
    • 3.3 Terminology
  • 4. Conclusion
    • 4.1 Growth exceeds the limits of the original design
  • 5. Related reports

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Last updated 4 Apr 2007
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Analyst: Robin Whittle

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