Rising tides of Centralization continue to threaten the strength, stability, and future of the Internet; through actions that have been either state-driven or market-driven. Whereas state-driven centralization, which has sometimes been referred to as Digital Sovereignty, could portend benefits for flexibility and
innovation on the Internet when control is centralized for citizens.
This article describes the “Internet Way of Networking” by highlighting the Invariants that laid the foundations for the architectural design principles of the Internet, and their role in sustaining the development and utility of the Internet. It goes on to discuss centralization and digital sovereignty; presenting their implications for the “Internet Way of Networking”.
Towards engendering progressive discussions around illustrative policy questions pertaining to Trust and Inclusion at the 15th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2020), this article then elucidates five Theses that might be useful for kick-starting or advancing deliberations for sustained progress in safeguarding the utility of an open, decentralized Internet.