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When is a "Little in the Middle" ok? The Internet's end-to-end principle faces more debate

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Among technopolitical idealists, the organizational structure guiding the Internet's development stands as one of the last collegial meritocracies. For almost two decades, the Internet Engineering Task Force's unofficial creed of "rough consensus and running code" has well served those who contribute to protocol development and the Internet at large. The most recent attempt at launching such a technology was SiteFinder, a search engine run by top-level registry VeriSign, which manages the .com and .net domains for ICANN. However, leading Internet architects contend there is no way for VeriSign to legitimize SiteFinder at any time. SiteFinder violates not only its contract as a registry, but also the Internet's prevailing principle of end-to-end robustness

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Distributed Systems Online, IEEE  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )