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'Rough Consensus and Running Code' and the Internet-OSI Standards War

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1 Author(s)
Russell, A.L. ; Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD

Internet historians recognize the technical achievements but often overlook the bureaucratic innovations of Internet pioneers. The phrase, "We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code," was coined by David Clark in 1992. This article explains how the phrase captured the technical and political values of Internet engineers during a crucial phase in the Internet's growth

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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 3 )