[AfrICANN-discuss] [***SPAM***] An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress

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Defending your rights in the digital world

 December 15, 2011 | By Parker
Higgins<https://www.eff.org/about/staff/parker-higgins>and Peter
Eckersley <https://www.eff.org/about/staff/peter-eckersley>
  An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress

Today, a group of 83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an
open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their
opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills that are under
consideration in the House and Senate respectively.

We, the undersigned, have played various parts in building a network called
the Internet. We wrote and debugged the software; we defined the standards
and protocols that talk over that network. Many of us invented parts of it.
We're just a little proud of the social and economic benefits that our
project, the Internet, has brought with it.

Last year, many of us wrote to you and your colleagues to warn about the
proposed "COICA" copyright and censorship legislation. Today, we are
writing again to reiterate our concerns about the SOPA and PIPA derivatives
of last year's bill, that are under consideration in the House and Senate.
In many respects, these proposals are worse than the one we were alarmed to
read last year.

If enacted, either of these bills will create an environment of tremendous
fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the
credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key Internet
infrastructure. Regardless of recent amendments to SOPA, both bills will
risk fragmenting the Internet's global domain name system (DNS) and have
other capricious technical consequences. In exchange for this, such
legislation would engender censorship that will simultaneously be
circumvented by deliberate infringers while hampering innocent parties'
right and ability to communicate and express themselves online.

All censorship schemes impact speech beyond the category they were intended
to restrict, but these bills are particularly egregious in that regard
because they cause entire domains to vanish from the Web, not just
infringing pages or files. Worse, an incredible range of useful,
law-abiding sites can be blacklisted under these proposals. In fact, it
seems that this has already begun to happen under the nascent DHS/ICE
seizures program.

Censorship of Internet infrastructure will inevitably cause network errors
and security problems. This is true in China, Iran and other countries that
censor the network today; it will be just as true of American censorship.
It is also true regardless of whether censorship is implemented via the
DNS, proxies, firewalls, or any other method. Types of network errors and
insecurity that we wrestle with today will become more widespread, and will
affect sites other than those blacklisted by the American government.

The current bills -- SOPA explicitly and PIPA implicitly -- also threaten
engineers who build Internet systems or offer services that are not readily
and automatically compliant with censorship actions by the U.S. government.
When we designed the Internet the first time, our priorities were
reliability, robustness and minimizing central points of failure or
control. We are alarmed that Congress is so close to mandating
censorship-compliance as a design requirement for new Internet innovations.
This can only damage the security of the network, and give authoritarian
governments more power over what their citizens can read and publish.

The US government has regularly claimed that it supports a free and open
Internet, both domestically and abroad. We cannot have a free and open
Internet unless its naming and routing systems sit above the political
concerns and objectives of any one government or industry. To date, the
leading role the US has played in this infrastructure has been fairly
uncontroversial because America is seen as a trustworthy arbiter and a
neutral bastion of free expression. If the US begins to use its central
position in the network for censorship that advances its political and
economic agenda, the consequences will be far-reaching and destructive.

Senators, Congressmen, we believe the Internet is too important and too
valuable to be endangered in this way, and implore you to put these bills


   - *Vint Cerf*, co-designer of TCP/IP, one of the "fathers of the
   Internet", signing as private citizen
   - *Paul Vixie,* author of BIND, the most widely-used DNS server
   software, and President of the Internet Systems Consortium
   - *Tony Li*, co-author of BGP (the protocol used to arrange Internet
   routing); chair of the IRTF's Routing Research Group; a Cisco Fellow; and
   architect for many of the systems that have actually been used to build the
   - *Steven Bellovin*, invented the DNS cache contamination attack;
   co-authored the first book on Internet security; recipient of the 2007
   NIST/NSA National Computer Systems Security Award and member of the DHS
   Science and Technology Advisory Committee
   - *Jim Gettys*, editor of the HTTP/1.1 protocol standards, which we use
   to do everything on the Web
   - *Dave Kristol*, co-author, RFCs 2109, 2965 (Web cookies); contributor,
   RFC 2616 (HTTP/1.1)
   - *Steve Deering, Ph.D.*, invented the IP multicast feature of the
   Internet; lead designer of IPv6 (version 6 of the Internet Protocol)
   - *David Ulevitch*, David Ulevitch, CEO of OpenDNS, which offers
   alternative DNS services for enhanced security.
   - *Elizabeth Feinler*, director of the Network Information Center (NIC)
   at SRI International, administered the Internet Name Space from 1970 until
   1989 and developed the naming conventions for the internet top level
   domains (TLDs) of .mil, .gov, .com, .org, etc. under contracts to DoD
   - *Robert W. Taylor*, founded and funded the beginning of the ARPAnet;
   founded and managed the Xerox PARC Computer Science Lab which designed and
   built the first networked personal computer (Alto), the Ethernet, the first
   internet protocol and internet, and desktop publishing
   - *Fred Baker*, former IETF chair, has written about 50 RFCs and
   contributed to about 150 more, regarding widely used Internet technology
   - *Dan Kaminsky*, Chief Scientist, DKH
   - *Esther Dyson*, EDventure; founding chairman, ICANN; former chairman,
   EFF; active investor in many start-ups that support commerce, news and
   advertising on the Internet; director, Sunlight Foundation
   - *Walt Daniels, *IBM’s contributor to MIME, the mechanism used to add
   attachments to emails
   - *Nathaniel Borenstein*, Chief Scientist, Mimecast; one of the two
   authors of the MIME protocol, and has worked on many other software systems
   and protocols, mostly related to e-mail and payments
   - *Simon Higgs*, designed the role of the stealth DNS server that
   protects a.root-servers.net; worked on all versions of Draft Postel for
   creating new TLDs and addressed trademark issues with a complimentary
   Internet Draft; ran the shared-TLD mailing list back in 1995 which defined
   the domain name registry/registrar relationship; was a root server operator
   for the Open Root Server Consortium; founded coupons.com in 1994
   - *John Bartas*, was the technical lead on the first commercial IP/TCP
   software for IBM PCs in 1985-1987 at The Wollongong Group. As part of that
   work, developed the first tunneling RFC, rfc-1088
   - *Nathan Eisenberg*, Atlas Networks Senior System Administrator;
   manager of 25K sq. ft. of data centers which provide services to Starbucks,
   Oracle, and local state
   - *Dave Crocker*, author of Internet standards including email, DKIM
   anti-abuse, electronic data interchange and facsimile, developer of CSNet
   and MCI national email services, former IETF Area Director for network
   management, DNS and standards, recipient of IEEE Internet Award for
   contributions to email, and serial entrepreneur
   - *Craig Partridge, *architect of how email is routed through the
   Internet; designed the world's fastest router in the mid 1990s
   - *Doug Moeller*, Chief Technology Officer at Autonet Mobile
   - *John Todd*, Lead Designer/Maintainer - Freenum Project (DNS-based,
   free telephony/chat pointer system), http://freenum.org/
   - *Alia Atlas*, designed software in a core router (Avici) and has
   various RFCs around resiliency, MPLS, and ICMP
   - *Kelly Kane*, shared web hosting network operator
   - *Robert Rodgers*, distinguished engineer, Juniper Networks, signing as
   a private citizen
   - *Anthony Lauck*, helped design and standardize routing protocols and
   local area network protocols and served on the Internet Architecture Board
   - *Ramaswamy Aditya*, built various networks and web/mail content and
   application hosting providers including AS10368 (DNAI) which is now part of
   AS6079 (RCN); did network engineering and peering for that provider; did
   network engineering for AS25 (UC Berkeley); currently does network
   engineering for AS177-179 and others (UMich)
   - *Blake Pfankuch*, Connecting Point of Greeley, Network Engineer
   - *Jon Loeliger*, has implemented OSPF, one of the main routing
   protocols used to determine IP packet delivery; at other companies, has
   helped design and build the actual computers used to implement core routers
   or storage delivery systems; at another company, installed network services
   (T-1 lines and ISP service) into Hotels and Airports across the country
   - *Jim Deleskie, *internetMCI Sr. Network Engineer, Teleglobe Principal
   Network Architect
   - *David Barrett*, Founder and CEO, Expensify
   - *Mikki Barry*, VP Engineering of InterCon Systems Corp., creators of
   the first commercial applications software for the Macintosh platform and
   the first commercial Internet Service Provider in Japan
   - *Peter Rubenstein*,helped to design and build the AOL backbone
   network, ATDN.
   - *David Farber*, distinguished Professor CMU; Principal in development
   of CSNET, NSFNET, NREN, GIGABIT TESTBED, and the first operational
   distributed computer system; EFF board member
   - *Bradford Chatterjee*, Network Engineer, helped design and operate the
   backbone network for a nationwide ISP serving about 450,000 users
   - *Gary E. Miller* Network Engineer specializing in eCommerce
   - *Jon Callas*, worked on a number of Internet security standards
   including OpenPGP, ZRTP, DKIM, Signed Syslog, SPKI, and others; also
   participated in other standards for applications and network routing
   - *John Kemp*, Principal Software Architect, Nokia; helped build the
   distributed authorization protocol OAuth and its predecessors; former
   member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group
   - *Christian Huitema*, worked on building the Internet in France and
   Europe in the 80’s, and authored many Internet standards related to IPv6,
   RTP, and SIP; a former member of the Internet Architecture Board
   - *Steve Goldstein*, Program Officer for International Networking
   Coordination at the National Science Foundation 1989-2003, initiated
   several projects that spread Internet and advanced Internet capabilities
   - *David Newman*, 20 years' experience in performance testing of Internet
   infrastructure; author of three RFCs on measurement techniques (two on
   firewall performance, one on test traffic contents)
   - *Justin Krejci*, helped build and run the two biggest and most
   successful municipal wifi networks located in Minneapolis, MN and
   Riverside, CA; building and running a new FTTH network in Minneapolis
   - *Christopher Liljenstolpe*, was the chief architect for AS3561 (at the
   time about 30% of the Internet backbone by traffic), and AS1221
   (Australia's main Internet infrastructure)
   - *Joe Hamelin*, co-founder of Seattle Internet Exchange (
   http://www.seattleix.net) in 1997, and former peering engineer for
   Amazon in 2001
   - *John Adams*, operations engineer at Twitter, signing as a private
   - *David M. Miller*, CTO / Exec VP for DNS Made Easy (IP Anycast Managed
   Enterprise DNS provider)
   - *Seth Breidbart*, helped build the Pluribus IMP/TIP for the ARPANET
   - *Timothy McGinnis*, co-chair of the African Network Information Center
   Policy Development Working Group, and active in various IETF Working Groups
   - *Richard Kulawiec, *30 years designing/operating
   academic/commercial/ISP systems and networks
   - *Larry Stewart*, built the Etherphone at Xerox, the first telephone
   system working over a local area network; designed early e-commerce systems
   for the Internet at Open Market
   - *John Pettitt*, Internet commerce pioneer, online since 1983, CEO Free
   Range Content Inc.; founder/CTO CyberSource & Beyond.com; created online
   fraud protection software that processes over 2 billion transaction a year
   - *Brandon Ross*, Chief Network Architect and CEO of Network Utility
   Force LLC
   - *Chris Boyd*, runs a green hosting company and supports EFF-Austin as
   a board member
   - *Dr. Richard Clayton, *designer of Turnpike, widely used Windows-based
   Internet access suite; prominent Computer Security researcher at Cambridge
   - *Robert Bonomi*, designed, built, and implemented, the Internet
   presence for a number of large corporations
   - *Owen DeLong*, member of the ARIN Advisory Council who has spent more
   than a decade developing better IP addressing policies for the internet in
   North America and around the world
   - *Baudouin Schombe*, blog design and content trainer
   - *Lyndon Nerenberg*, Creator of IMAP Binary extension (RFC 3516)
   - *John Gilmore, *co-designed BOOTP (RFC 951), which became DHCP, the
   way you get an IP address when you plug into an Ethernet or get on a WiFi
   access point; current EFF board member
   - *John Bond*, Systems Engineer at RIPE NCC maintaining AS25152 (
   k.root-servers.net.) and AS197000 (f.in-addr-servers.arpa.
   ,f.ip6-servers.arpa.); signing as a private citizen
   - *Stephen Farrell*, co-author on about 15 RFCs
   - *Samuel Moats*, senior systems engineer for the Department of Defense;
   helps build and defend the networks that deliver data to Defense Department
   - *John Vittal*, created the first full email client and the email
   standards still in use today
   - *Ryan Rawdon*, built out and maintains the network infrastructure for
   a rapidly growing company in our country's bustling advertising industry;
   was on the technical operations team for one of our country's largest
   residential ISPs
   - *Brian Haberman*, has been involved in the design of IPv6, IGMP/MLD,
   and NTP within the IETF for nearly 15 years
   - *Eric Tykwinski*, Network Engineer working for a small ISP based in
   the Philadelphia region; currently maintains the network as well as the DNS
   and server infrastructure
   - *Noel Chiappa*, has been working on the lowest level stuff (the IP
   protocol level) since 1977; name on the 'Birth of the Internet' plaque at
   Stanford); actively helping to develop new 'plumbing' at that level
   - *Robert M. Hinden*, worked on the gateways in the early Internet,
   author of many of the core IPv6 specifications, active in the IETF since
   the first IETF meeting, author of 37 RFCs, and current Internet Society
   Board of Trustee member
   - *Alexander McKenzie*, former member of the Network Working Group and
   participated in the design of the first ARPAnet Host protocols; was the
   manager of the ARPAnet Network Operation Center that kept the network
   running in the early 1970s; was a charter member of the International
   Network Working Group that developed the ideas used in TCP and IP
   - *Keith Moore*, was on the Internet Engineering Steering Group from
   1996-2000, as one of two Area Directors for applications; wrote or co-wrote
   technical specification RFCs associated with email, WWW, and IPv6 transition
   - *Guy Almes*, led the connection of universities in Texas to the NSFnet
   during the late 1980s; served as Chief Engineer of Internet2 in the late
   - *David Mercer*, formerly of The River Internet, provided service to
   more of Arizona than any local or national ISP
   - *Paul Timmins*, designed and runs the multi-state network of a medium
   sized telephone and internet company in the Midwest
   - *Stephen L. Casner*, led the working group that designed the Real-time
   Transport Protocol that carries the voice signals in VoIP systems
   - *Tim Rutherford, *DNS and network administrator at C4
   - *Mike Alexander*, helped implement (on the Michigan Terminal System at
   the University of Michigan) one of the first EMail systems to be connected
   to the Internet (and to its predecessors such as Bitnet, Mailnet, and
   UUCP); helped with the basic work to connect MTS to the Internet;
   implemented various IP related drivers on early Macintosh systems: one
   allowed TCP/IP connections over ISDN lines and another made a TCP
   connection look like a serial port
   - *John Klensin, Ph.D.*, early and ongoing role in the design of
   Internet applications and coordination and administrative policies; former
   IAB Chair and former AT&T Internet Architecture VP
   - *L. Jean Camp, *former Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia
   National Laboratories, focusing on computer security; eight years at
   Harvard's Kennedy School; tenured Professor at Indiana Unviersity's School
   of Informatics with research addressing security in society.
   - *Louis Pouzin*, designed and implemented the first computer network
   using datagrams (CYCLADES), from which TCP/IP was derived
   - *Carl Page*, helped found eGroups, the biggest social network
   of its day, 14 million users at the point of sale to Yahoo for around
   $430,000,000, at which point it became Yahoo Groups
   - *Phil Lapsley*, co-author of the Internet Network News Transfer
   Protocol (NNTP), RFC 977, and developer of the NNTP reference implementation
   - *Jack Haverty (MSEE, BSEE MIT 1970)*, Principal Investigator for
   several DARPA projects including the first Internet development and
   operation; Corporate Network Architect for BBN; Founding member of the
   IAB/ICCB; Internet Architect and Corporate Founding Member of W3C for
   Oracle Corporation
   - *Glenn Ricart*, Managed the original (FIX) Internet interconnection
   - *Ben Laurie*, Apache Software Foundation founder, OpenSSL core team
   member, security researcher. Over half the secure websites on the Internet
   are powered by his software.
   - *Chris Wellens* President & CEO InterWorking Labs
   - *Chris Morrow* Network Security Engineer at Google, and previously at
   UUNET. Involved in several IETF routing and security working groups.
   - *Dave Shambley*, entrepreneur and IEEE member
   - *Bill Jennings*, who was VP of Engineering at Cisco for 10 years and
   responsible for building much of the hardware and embedded software for
   Cisco's core router products and high-end Ethernet switches
   - *Bernie Cosell* coauthored the original IMP code, Terminal-IMP [TIP]
   and monitoring code for the NOC.
   - *Leonard Kleinrock*, one of the "fathers of the Internet", created the
   mathematical theory of packet networks, ran the UCLA lab that served as the
   first node of the ARPANET, and supervised the transmission of its first
   - *Rebecca Hargrave Malamud*, helped advance many large-scale Internet
   projects, and have been working the web since its invention.

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