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David D. Clark

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We reject: kings, presidents and voting.
We believe in: rough consensus and running code.
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A Cloudy Crystal Ball -- Visions of the Future (PDF) (1992-07-16). Retrieved on 2008-06-04. (Presentation given at the 24th Internet Engineering Task Force)
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frequently cited as the motto of the Internet engineering community

 
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