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The following is the text of our initial Engineering Responsibility email, describing in broad brushstrokes the general context and purpose of our work. This email represents the first major exposure of the By* Libre Services and our Open Business Plan to a wide public audience.

Starting in March 2009, this email has been sent out to multiple audiences nationwide, including the engineering community, the business community, the investment community, the academic community, and the media.

As a point of record, we reproduce the text of the email here on our website.

Email Transcript: Our Engineering Responsibility

Subject: Our Engineering Responsibility: By* Libre Services + Open Business Plan

[Please repost and forward this announcement as widely as possible, wherever appropriate.]

I address you as someone who, like myself, may be concerned with the future direction of the Internet.

Cause for concern: Domination of the Internet by proprietary commercial interests

The Internet has become a critical global resource, with far-reaching consequences for the welfare of society. But there is something amiss with the existing model for creation and delivery of Internet services. And as a result, there is something gravely amiss with the direction the Internet is presently taking.

Today the Internet Services industry is a proprietary construct, almost entirely owned and controlled by proprietary commercial interests. Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and virtually every other Internet service—these are all for-profit proprietary corporations, with no responsibility to the public welfare. This represents a significant hazard to the broader welfare of society. Under the existing proprietary Internet regime, critical societal freedoms are being seriously compromised by narrow commercial self-interests.

Today, the world is largely unaware of this. The public is completely oblivious to the perils of the proprietary Internet model, and happily entrusts its personal data, its privacy, its freedoms and its civil liberties to proprietary business interests. And the people whose responsibility it is to safeguard the public interest—government, and the engineering profession—are asleep at the wheel.

Our engineering responsibility

We are first-generation Internet engineers, and as such we have a unique responsibility to maintain the integrity of the Internet on behalf of the public. We stand at a technological inflection point, and what we do today, or do not do, will have a profound effect on the direction and evolution of the Internet for generations to come.

We have spent the past several years of our lives in the fulfilment of this responsibility. We have analysed the problem, we have formulated a solution, and now we are acting upon that solution.

A non-proprietary model for Internet services

The existing proprietary regime is the wrong model for provision of Internet services. Wrong in that it allows control of the service by the provider, and exploitation of the user's data, in a way that is detrimental—and unknown—to the user. The solution to this is an entirely different model for Internet services, where service ownership is placed squarely in the public domain.

We have formulated a radically new, non-proprietary model for delivery of Internet services. We call this the Libre Services model. Libre Services are an extension of the principles of free software into the Internet services domain. They are Internet services that can be freely copied and reused by anyone. Any company or organization can reproduce and host any Libre Service, either for its own use, or for commercial or non-commercial delivery to others. The Libre Services model exists in relation to the proprietary Internet services model of AOL, MSN, Yahoo and Google, in an analogous way to how GNU/Linux exists in relation to Microsoft Windows.

The Libre model represents a negation of the existing proprietary ownership model. Specifically, it represents a complete rejection of patents and restrictive copyright as these apply to Internet services. These are business paradigms, advantageous to commercial interests, but acting against engineering creativity and the broader interests of society.

The By* Libre Services

The Libre model is not just theory. We have built a first set of real, working, demonstrable Libre Services. We call these the By* services. By* (pronounced "by-star") is a unified services model, unifying and making consistent a large number of services that currently exist in functional isolation. It is a coherent, integrated family of services, providing the user with a comprehensive, all-encompassing Internet experience.

The By* family presently includes ByName, ByAlias, ByMemory and BySMB/ForSMB. In the works and coming soon are additional services for individuals (ByFamily, ByNumber), services for personal and business interaction (ByWhere, ByEvent, ByTopic, ByInteraction, ByLookup, ByHookup), and software distribution services (BySource, ByBinary).

The By* services are based on 100% free software and patent-free protocols, and are thus completely transparent and reproducible by anyone. They are a communal public resource, not owned by anyone, freely available for use by society at large. Their widespread deployment and usage is in the direct interests of the general public welfare.

We are now ready to begin presenting the By* Libre Services initiative to others. Over the next several months we will be revealing the various components of this initiative, and over the years to come we will be deploying and promoting it. In this email we are leading off with one of its most critical components: the business dimension.

The business dimension: an Open Business Plan

Though the Libre Services model is non-proprietary, in practical terms service deployment must remain largely within the for-profit sector.

The notion of a non-proprietary construct, residing and operating within the for-profit sector, is new and different. Historically, the for-profit sector has been closely associated with proprietary ownership of assets. Hence the Internet Services industry as we see it today. Also historically, management of non-proprietary or public assets has been primarily associated with the non-profit sector. Hence the current orientation of the Free Software Movement, operating largely within the non-profit sector.

The Libre Services deployment model breaks both these traditions. It represents a radical shift of the Internet Services industry from the for-profit, proprietary quadrant, to the for-profit, non-proprietary quadrant. In this space the entire software for an Internet service remains a communal public resource in the trust of the engineering profession, while service deployment is driven forward by the full force of for-profit commercial motivations.

Since it resides within the for-profit sector, an essential component of the Libre deployment model is its commercial dimension. As part of our responsibility to create a viable implementation construct we have fully analyzed this dimension, and formulated the business model in the form of an Open Business Plan, titled The By* Family of Libre Services: The future of the Internet Services industry. The Executive Summary of our business plan, and the full business plan, are available on our website at: http://www.neda.com/strategicVision/businessPlan.

Assistance: Your analysis and critique

We are fulfilling our engineering responsibility to maintain public ownership of the Internet for the long-term welfare of society. And now we ask you, as recipient of this email, to assist us in this goal. As a first step, we ask you to review our Open Business Plan and give us your critique.

We are proposing a new incarnation of the Internet Services industry, within the for-profit, non-proprietary space. But this is unknown and unproven territory. Our model is subject to examination and validation by others, and eventual proof in terms of real-world execution. This initiative can benefit greatly from your analysis and commentary at this stage.

Beyond this important intellectual contribution, we also invite you to participate in this action as appropriate for your own professional domain. On the technical side, if you have a free software component that fits well and that you wish to integrate into By*, please let us know. On the business side, if our radical new non-proprietary and Open Business Plan models apply within your own domain please make use of them, and let us know if we can help. The business plan itself describes further forms of participation, appropriate to the various intended audiences for the plan.

Assistance: Help us spread the word

And we also ask you to help us in spreading the word.

  • If you think what we are doing has merit, please forward this email, or the following link to its transcript, to others who may be interested. Transcript available at:
    http://www.neda.com/strategicVision/participating/engineering/startHere

  • This initiative represents a radical, industry-changing shift to the for-profit, non-proprietary sector. This ensures public ownership of the Internet, for the enduring benefit and security of society. But a shift of this scope and magnitude is a cooperative action, requiring understanding, buy-in and participation by many others. It also requires articulation of a viable business model for deployment within the for-profit sector. Our Open Business Plan addresses both these requirements.

    The traditional closed business plan has a narrow audience and a single purpose: to secure financing. But the audience and purpose for our Open Business Plan is much broader than this. It is intended for wide readership among all relevant constituencies, including engineering, business, investment, government, academia, the media, and the public. Please assist us by forwarding the following Open Business Plan link to all others who may be interested.
    http://www.neda.com/strategicVision/businessPlan

  • Also, if appropriate please forward the following link to the corporate development department within your organization. This is the transcript of our financing solicitation email, and the initial point of contact for a potential qualified investor.
    http://www.neda.com/strategicVision/participating/investment/startHere/

We are leading things off with this general overview and presentation of our Open Business plan, but this is just part of a bigger picture, and there is much more to come. In future mailings we will be presenting the many other components of this initiative. Please stay tuned!

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