[Esip-preserve] The End of the Internet?

James Frew via Esip-preserve esip-preserve at lists.esipfed.org
Thu Jul 3 12:40:29 EDT 2014

On 2014-07-03, 07:30, Bruce Barkstrom via Esip-preserve wrote:
> this would certainly make information preservation a more interesting 
> prospect. One perspective might be the replacement of the intellectual 
> environment in Europe when local languages replaced Latin as the 
> standard language for scholarly discourse.

Hope so; seeing as how after fragmenting into a relatively small number 
of local languages (German, French, English, Russian), scholarly 
discourse out of necessity re-converged on a standard language 
(English.) As an information utility, I'd expect the Internet to exhibit 
the same behavior.

However, as physical infrastructure, the analogy to non-interoperable 
national power (voltage, frequency) or transportation (chirality, gauge) 
networks is not encouraging...

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