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The 2015 IETF 92 Survey – Future in a Nutshell?

Researchers from the Imagining the Internet Center conducted a video survey of Internet Engineering Task Force 92 participants, recording interviews with engineers and other leaders from across the world about the ongoing evolution of the Internet. Use the video viewer to see responses. Click on the first video to begin a player that will cycle through all or click on those you wish to view. Click on the numbers at the end of the video column to display additional videos – there are dozens. The question on this page:

FUTURE OF THE INTERNET IN A NUTSHELL: Using just a few words – in just five seconds or less – describe the future of the Internet.

This is one of FIVE QUESTIONS asked of each survey participant at IETF 92. To see responses to the other questions, click here to return to the survey homepage.

Among the respondents are leaders involved with the Internet Engineering Task Force, ICANN and the Internet Society and business and non-governmental organization leaders from 22 global regions/countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, France, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Palestine, Mauritius, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands.


Since the early 1990s architects of the Internet have been cooperating in a series of multistakeholder global-membership organizations in support of the continuing evolution of the network of networks. The Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) consist of people who are continuing to evolve an open network on which more and more people can exchange a widening range of communications.

The Internet of 2015 is complex and becoming more chaotic. It is estimated that more than 3 billion people have access to the Internet. As Internet accessibility, quality of service and responsiveness becomes more and more vital to day-to-day actions, entrenched institutions and newly rising organizations are challenged to identify and navigate intertwined threats and opportunities. Global politics and everyone’s social and economic futures are weighing heavily in the balance of the decision-making of the multistakeholder organizations in control of the future evolution of the Internet.

Other global bodies such as the Internet Governance Forum and the International Telecommunications Union – both established through UN processes – are continually working to assess how their involvement might move the future forward in concert with the technical organizations for positive change.

People who participated in answering the survey questions include:

Jari Arkko, IETF Chair and Researcher at Ericsson; Fred Baker, Cisco Fellow; Tim Polk, Assistant Director of Cybersecurity at the National Security and International Affairs Division of the U.S. Government; Andrew Sullivan, Incoming IAB Chair and Fellow at Dyn; Joe Capatano, Coordinator, Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN; Jon Hudson, Principal Engineer, Brocade Communications; Michael Richardson, Maker and Managing Editor at CREDIL; Robert Moskowitz, HTT Consulting; Toby Smith, Corero Network Security; Nathaniel Borenstein, Chief Scientist at Mimecast; Wendy Roome, MTS at Bell Laboratories; Geng Liang, Project Manager in the Department of Network Technology in China; Shaibal Chakrabarty, US Ignite; Zhang Xian, Engineer at Huwei Technologies;

Yiyong Zha, Researcher with Fixed Network Research Department at Huawei Technologies; Kal Elshatali, Manager of Data Network Planning at Verizon; Deniz Susar, Governance & Public Administration Officer at the United Nations; Basavaraj Patil, Principal Technical Architect of Emerging Devices at AT&T; Kevin Fall, SEI Deputy Director, Research and CTO at Carnegie Mellon University; Hannes Gredler, Distinguished Engineer of Routing Protocols at Juniper Networks; Wim Henderickx, Director of Consulting Engineering at Alcatel Lucent; Glen Wiley, Principal Engineer at Verisign;

Weverton Luis da Costa Cordeiro, Ph.D. student at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Lucas Bondan, Ph.D. student at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Thomas King, De-CIX Management; Sreejith Alathur, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Shui Hui Duan, CAICT; Mo Zanaty, Principal Engineer at Cisco; Sriganesh Kini, Principal Engineer at Ericsson; Dhruv Dhody, System Architect at Huawei Technologies India; Wesley George, Principal Engineer at Time Warner Cable; Osama Tamimi, IP Engineer at Wataniya Mobile Palestine; Mukom Tamon, Training Manager at AFRINIC;

Oleksandr Tsaruk, Chief Adviser of Committee on Informatization and Informational Technologies at Verkhovna Rada; Lars-Johan Liman, Senior Systems Specialist at Netnod; Sumandra Majee, Architect at F5 Networks; Min Ye, Huawei Technologies; Simon Perreault, Senior Software Engineer at Jive Communications; David Bond, Principal Software Engineer at 128 Technology; Alex Sato, Yokogawa; Naeem Khademi, Researcher at University of Oslo; Renzo Efrain, Research Engineer for Telecom Bretagne; Anees Shaikh, Network Architect at Google;

Sergio Belotti, Terrestrial System Architect in Portfolio Evolution Product at Alcatel-Lucent; Yaron Sheffer, Senior Manager, Security Technologies Product Development at Intuit; Melinda Shore, Consultant at No Mountain Software; Karen O’Donoghue, Research Analyst at Internet Society; Randy Bush, Research Fellow at Internet Initiative Japan Research Lab and Dragon Research Labs; Brian Rosen, Senior Director at Neustar; Dean Willis, Technology Consultant at Softarmore Systems; Larry Masinter, Principal Scientist at Adobe Systems Incorporated;

Sunil Vallamkonda, Principal Software Engineer at F5 Networks; Ritesh Mukherjee, Director of Network Solutions at Huawei Technologies Canada; Pascal Urien, Professor at Telecom ParisTech; Marie Montpetit, Professor at MIT; Wendy Seltzer, Professor at MIT; Alex Petrescu, Research Engineer at CEA; Mike Jones, Standards Architect at Microsoft; Ramanuja Vedantham, Branch Manager at Texas Instruments; Michael Koster, Engineer at Arm; Adiel Akplogan, Vice President of Technical Engagement at ICANN; Keith Moore, Consultant at Network Heretics.

Diego Dujovne, Professor at Universidad Diego Portales; Aaron Falk, Product Integration Architect at Akamai; Guy Lester Malone, Chief Executive Officer at Telecommunications Regulatory Commission; Magnus Westerlund, Senior Research Engineer at Ericsson; Rich Salz, Principal Engineer at Akamai; Swaminathan Arunachalam, Principal Technology Manager at Nokia; Ed Lopez, VP of Technology at Fortinet; Eliot Lear, Principal Engineer of Research and Advanced Development at Cisco;

Paul E. Hoffman, Director at Virtual Private Network Consortium; Charlie Perkins, Senior Principal Engineer at Futurewei Technologies; William Manning; Henk Birkholz, Researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT; Stéphane Bortzmeyer, Network and Systems Architect at AFNIC; Jakob Heitz, Principal Engineer at Cisco; Chak Chau, Major Key Account Manager at Verizon; Matt Mathis, Research Scientist at Google; Andrew Hutton, Head of Standardization at Unify;

Benno J. Overeinder, Managing Director at NLnet Labs; Nguyen Trong Ho, Principal Systems Architect, Controls Engineer at Lennox; Kent Landfield, Director, Standards & Technology Policy at Intel; Phillip Hallam-Baker, VP and Principal Scientist at Comodo Group.

– Internet EngineeringTask Force 92 (2015) video interviews were conducted by Rajat Agarwal, Michelle Alfini, Gary Grumbach, Paige Pauroso, Rhett Lawson and Ashley McGetrick, undergraduate researchers from Elon University’s School of Communications, under the supervision of Colin Donohue, Aaron Moger and Janna Anderson of the Imagining the Internet Center.