'Rough Consensus and Running Code' and the Internet-OSI Standards War. Russell, A. L. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 28(3):48--61, September, 2006.
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Internet historians recognize the technical achievements but often overlook the bureaucratic innovations of Internet pioneers. The phrase, "We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code," was coined by David Clark in 1992. This article explains how the phrase captured the technical and political values of Internet engineers during a crucial phase in the Internet's growth
@article{russell_rough_2006,
	title = {'{Rough} {Consensus} and {Running} {Code}' and the {Internet}-{OSI} {Standards} {War}},
	volume = {28},
	issn = {1058-6180},
	doi = {10.1109/MAHC.2006.42},
	abstract = {Internet historians recognize the technical achievements but often overlook the bureaucratic innovations of Internet pioneers. The phrase, "We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code," was coined by David Clark in 1992. This article explains how the phrase captured the technical and political values of Internet engineers during a crucial phase in the Internet's growth},
	language = {English},
	number = {3},
	journal = {IEEE Annals of the History of Computing},
	author = {Russell, Andrew L.},
	month = sep,
	year = {2006},
	keywords = {IP networks, ISO standards, Internet architecture, Internet standardisation, Internet standards, OSI standards, Open Systems Interconnection, Standards publication, TCPIP, Voting, access protocols, code standards, computer architecture, history of computing, internet, open systems, organizations, standardisation},
	pages = {48--61}
}
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