Posts by Uta Meier-Hahn

The secrets of de-peering

Handbooks, conferences, best practice documents – there are many resources to turn to in order to learn about Internet peering. But when it comes to de-peering, networkers are mostly left with their gut feeling. There is no “Beginner’s guide to de-peering”, no “De-peering 101”, no manual “How to de-peer respectfully in five easy steps”. This…

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The internet was built on trust. But what does it run on?

One of the most noble narratives about the internet is that it is built on trust. This article sets out to check if that saying still holds true. One of the most noble narratives about the internet is that it is built on trust. This refers to the understanding that trust mitigates the basic uncertainties,…

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Uncertainty is key

In order to manufacture internet connectivity, network operators around the globe make a joint effort. As of today, they have interconnected more than 55,000 Autonomous Systems. By the measure of existence, the Internet gives evidence of a remarkable degree of decentral coordination between networkers. But this evidence is vague. It does not tell us anything…

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The internet infrastructure’s turn to content

One of the internet’s key features is that it keeps networking functions separate from the content and application services that use these functions. However, networking seems to become infused with content thinking. This might have implications for tomorrow’s internet. One of the internet’s key features is that it keeps networking functions separate from the applications…

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What do network operators sell to each other?

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Since the commercial Internet began in 1995 network operators have explored ways to make internet interconnection work as a market. Yet, a central prerequisite of this market is still ambiguous: the object of exchange. Uta Meier-Hahn traces the difficulty in pinpointing what this market is actually about back to the internet’s architecture and examines solutions…

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