Recent years have witnessed the consolidations of the Internet applications, services, as well as the infrastructure. The Decentralization of the Internet Research Group (DINRG) aims to provide for the research and engineering community, both an open forum to discuss the Internet centralization phenomena and associated potential threats, and a platform to facilitate the coordination of efforts in identifying the causes of observed consolidations and the mitigation solutions.
DINRG’s main objectives include the following:
DINRG will operate as an open platform to different technology solutions, not limited to specific technical approaches. We expect DINRG to foster a better understanding of the merits and constraints of specific technologies with respect to Internet decentralization.
Way of Working
DINRG plans to meet at least once per year at IETF meetings, and may hold additional meetings, either as standalone interim meetings, or co-located meetings at technical conferences and similar events. DINRG will coordinate, and leverage synergies, with other IRTF groups and with the IAB and broader research community.
DINRG will reach out to non-networking communities such as regulatory bodies and economics researchers and explore the opportunity of organizing different formats such as panels and workshops that focus on broader research topics related to the Internet (de)centralization.
Documents and meeting materials for the DINRG can be found on the IETF datatracker.
The DINRG was chartered on 2017-09-21.