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The Address is the Message (RFC1776)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004028D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 2K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Crocker: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1776: DOI

Abstract

Declaring that the address is the message, the IPng WG has selected a packet format which includes 1696 bytes of address space. This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.

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Network Working Group S. Crocker Request for Comments: 1776 CyberCash, Inc. Category: Informational 1 April 1995

The Address is the Message

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Discussion

Declaring that the address is the message, the IPng WG has selected a packet format which includes 1696 bytes of address space. This length is a multiple of 53 and is completely compatible with ATM architecture. Observing that it’s not what you know but who you know, the IPng focused on choosing an addressing scheme that makes it possible to talk to everyone while dispensing with the irrelevant overhead of actually having to say anything.

Security experts hailed this as a major breakthrough. With no content left in the packets, all questions of confidentiality and integrity are moot. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies immediately refocused their efforts to detect who’s talking to whom, and are silently thankful they can avoid divisive public debate about key escrow, export control and related matters.

Although the IPng WG declared there should be more than enough address space for everyone, service providers immediately began vying for reserved portions of the address space.

Security Considerations

Security issues are not discussed in this memo.

Crocker [Page 1]

RFC 1776 The Address is the Message 1 April 1995

Author’s Address

Steve Crocker Cy...

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