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Lawrence Lessig's Testimony on the Microsoft-DOJ Settlement PostedDec 13, 2001, 22:07 (33 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft could play a significant role in resisting this kind of corruption of the Internet's basic values, and could therefore play an important role in preserving the environment for innovation on the net. In particular, under one understanding of Microsoft's current Internet strategy (which I will refer to generally as the ".NET strategy"), Microsoft's architecture would push computing power and network control to the "edge" or "ends" of the network, and away from the network's core. This is consistent with a founding design principle of the early network - what network architects Jerome Saltzer, David Clark, and David Reed call "the end-to-end argument." .NET's possible support of this principle would compete with pressures that now encourage a compromise of the end-to-end design. To the extent Microsoft's strategy resists that compromise, it could become a crucial force in preserving the innovation of the early network.
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