When I contemplate “how do we get to the best possible future of the Internet,” I am thinking more in terms of inaction than action. I would like to encourage deliberate inaction in the form of keeping hands-off. I would like large companies or national governments to look at the Internet and say “This is pretty cool, and if we put our hands on it and try to make it what is gonna be best for us in our lifetimes, it’s going to cause everyone else to do likewise.”
So many previous awardees have spoken of the magic sauce of the Internet. The opposite of secret sauce, I guess, because they all use the word “open.” Open standards, open architecture, open source. They said this openness is what made the Internet the Internet. Which sounds mostly right, although not much like how we experience the Internet today.
I spent the first half, let’s say fifteen years of a career, trying to make communications easier. And I thought that was a cool thing; I thought that would be great. I’ve spent roughly the second half, another fifteen years, trying to make communication harder, or at least more selective and safer