I have been working on Internet technologies and deployment for a long time, on things as diverse as Video over IP at INRIA, carrier scale Voice over IP at Bellcore, IPv6 deployment, Peer-to-peer technology and wireless networking at Microsoft. Many know me as a researcher, which was indeed what I did at INRIA or Bellcore, but my work at Microsoft includes a strong dose of engineering, from designing big software products to managing development teams.
There is something I hold dear, the free flow of information over the Internet. That’s what we worked for in the 80’s, but it is being quietly eroded by overreaching copyright holders, secret polices and the new masters of the Web 2.0 cloud.
I dream of designing a domain name system impervious to black listing, or a peer-to-peer version of FaceBook that would not censor or track the users’ publications and relations. But I don’t want to do it just by myself. To succeed, something like that has to be supported by a wide network!