Sunday, February 19, 2006

Knowledge Internet Service Provider (KISP)

If an ISP provides Internet access, a KISP provides specific data to learners. In this case, an ISP would be evolving into not just an internet provider but also a knowlegde service provider. The system of collating, organizing, filtering the knowlegde, and delivering the knowledge are some of the critical issues that needs to be addressed in a KISP network. Distance learning systems can be considered as KISP networks.

Bringing the Philippines as part of the evolution of the Internet Project

The Internet was never built in one second, day, month, year or decade. It continues to evolve as the number users continues to grow, new applications continues to be developed and applied, and new technologies and users continue to make the Internet function as it dsigned to be, that is, to bring people together in one world despite of cultural and geographical diufferences. The Philippines, as of now, becomes just an end-user of the Internet and no noticeable contribution in Internet evolution. Not a single technolgy or product can be claimed by Filiponos as owned and developed by the Filipinos which created great impact in the global community. The end-goal of this project is to nake to Philippines part of the Internet revolution by concentrating on the areas of:

1. Network Devices Evolution - This will focus on solving the mystery of what lies ahead in hardware evolution. The Internet was once powered by expensive mainframes, then mini-computers, then microcomputers, then PDAs, mobile devices, embedded, human networking?

2. Network Technologies - The Internet was once developed as simple interconnection of computers using dialup technologies, then ISPs, then satelliet, then wireless, then DSL/cable., then VPNs. All of which aims to develop technologies (protocols, communication medium, standards) that will enable high-speed applications to make every Internet user explore the Internet faster than the speed of light. What could be the future technology that will address bandwidth and cost so that ordiary citizes can be able to access the Internet as nearly as a free resource?

3. Software Applications - The internet was now being powered by thousands of software applications including network operating systems, which evolves from commercial to opensource applications that interoperates with difffrent technologies, applicarions and users. Also the development of small-sized OS for embedded systems contiunes to be the focus in bringing mobile and ubiquitous computing. Would there a similar standard for software development and applications similar to layered models of the Internet?