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[ih] protocol structure -> economic structure

At 12:10 +0000 2012/03/02, Tony Finch wrote:
> There's an idea that the structure of a protocol (or the topology implied
> by the protocol or that emerges from it) determines the economic 
> structure
> of the service providers and users of that protocol. Sadly I can't now
> remember where I got this idea from.
to which,  John Day wrote:
> I don't think one could say "protocol" does and I don't see how a 
> mapping that preserves some invariance would have any effect on it, 
> but architecture certainly does and has been used for this and well 
> understood for decades.
Not to be pedantic, but does not "the topology implied by the protocol" 
imply "architecture"? :-)

Also, it's probably worth noting that the broader notion of a protocol - 
as in "legal protocol" or "diplomatic protocol" - can very much impact 
the structure of an industry, market, society.  These days, a lot of 
legal, business, and diplomatic protocols are "embedded in code" as 
Larry Lessig would say (stock markets, airline reservations, DRM, ....).

Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra