1Question is whether communications are controlled solely by first parties, or whether third parties can intervene to prevent or otherwise shape the content or structure of the conversation.
2Here we have issues of trust and firewalls, for example, versus ease and speed of deployment of new technologies.
3Whether what shapes a communication is voluntarily used by the participants of the communications vs. whether the control mechanism is involuntary (e.g. filters, firewalls, caching, mirroring).
4Innovation v. manageability reenacts an old dichotomy in the arguments about the sources of wealth, in particular between growth through innovation and efficiency through allocation of existing resources. QoS, for example, suggests such a tradeoff, as does caching, where investment in efficient allocation attenuates the need for investment in provisioning, where investment in provisioning could remain neutral as among types of end uses but price-based allocation is not.
5This raises the question of possible divergence of private returns from social returns to various patterns of behavior. E.g., an ISP that speeds up delivery of its proprietary information relative to its competitors' may see a private gains in getting more of the traffic of a smaller universe of users, even though tilting its network so will degrade the overall value of the network to its users and make the communications network lumpy, losing some positive network externalities.
6In numerous instances, caching. mirroring, QoS, one sees a situation where the focus on security, manageability, and allocation take the form of solutions that make the network more amenable to commercial communications that can directly pay their freight, as opposed to communications that are done on a nonprofit or amateur basis. This, in turn, evokes questions about whether the mix of information and cultural production in society is better when different types of producers produce information.
7This is seen very effectively in the security-concerns based segmentation of the Net, as with firewalls.
8This juxtaposes a notion of democracy based on popular, end user to end user interaction, as opposed to democracy mediated by information production elites. Akamai mirroring CNN is an example of network design that advantages high-production value information communicated by an element of the "elite" over lower production value discussion forums that are not mirrored.