In what is decidedly the opposite of a tragedy of the commons (euphoria of the commons?), the COMMONS project has published its official report
. Congratulations Sascha and kc! What a tremendous and exciting effort!
Here is a snippet from the report that captures the essence of the COMMONS project:
Through discussion, debate, and compromise, COMMONS Strategy Workshop participants consented unanimously on the following shared Statement of Purpose:
... a community of interest comprised of local networks, broadly defined, who seek to:
- utilize a AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) neutral communications infrastructure,
- mitigate geographic disparities in the cost of Internet access and wide-area network connectivity,
- enable competitive environment in the connectivity market,
- benefit from economies of scale, and
- realize a vision for ownership in an open, universal and scalable backbone infrastructure.
... a community of network operators who:
- recognize that the future usefulness and security of the Internet depends upon the availability of empirical network data,
- support the availability of that empirical data to the academic research community, and
- insist that the data collected and utilized be handled in a manner respectful of personal privacy.
....a community of interest of people who seek to exchange ideas on, and devote resources to, a wide variety of common interests in furtherance of the objectives stated above, including:
- approaches to social problems that leverage innovative technology and business strategies,
- political, legal, and regulatory strategies, and
- community networking.
I'll be writing more on the COMMONS project soon, but for more details, read the whole report, or visit the project page at Caida.