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David Clark

David Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he has worked since receiving his Ph.D. there in 1973. Since the mid 70s, Dr. Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet Activities Board. His current research looks at re-definition of the architectural underpinnings of the Internet, and the relation of technology and architecture to economic, societal and policy considerations. He is helping the U.S. National Science foundation organize their Future Internet Design program. He is past chairman of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies, and has contributed to a number of studies on the societal and policy impact of computer communications. He is co-director of the MIT Communications Futures Program, a project for industry collaboration and coordination along the communications value chain.

 Questions don't have to make sense, but answers do.
--Susan Sto Helit



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Selected Publications

Working papers
(Stuff under development)

Designs for an Internet
My book draft on alternative Internet architectures


How to find my office

The Apocalypse of Two Elephants
--I never said that

We reject kings, presidents and voting.
--I did say that, in 1992