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RFC 1776

                       The Address is the Message


   Declaring that the address is the message, the IPng WG has selected a
   packet format which includes 1696 bytes of address space.  This
   length is a multiple of 53 and is completely compatible with ATM
   architecture.  Observing that it's not what you know but who you
   know, the IPng focused on choosing an addressing scheme that makes it
   possible to talk to everyone while dispensing with the irrelevant
   overhead of actually having to say anything.

   Security experts hailed this as a major breakthrough.  With no
   content left in the packets, all questions of confidentiality and
   integrity are moot.  Intelligence and law enforcement agencies
   immediately refocused their efforts to detect who's talking to whom,
   and are silently thankful they can avoid divisive public debate about
   key escrow, export control and related matters.

   Although the IPng WG declared there should be more than enough
   address space for everyone, service providers immediately began vying
   for reserved portions of the address space.

Security Considerations

   Security issues are not discussed in this memo.

Crocker                                                         [Page 1]

RFC 1776 The Address is the Message 1 April 1995 Author's Address Steve Crocker CyberCash, Inc. 2086 Hunters Crest Way Vienna, VA 22181 Phone: +1 703 620 1222 EMail: crocker@cybercash.com

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