Holding the Internet Together

I’ve posted the draft of my latest paper, The Centripetal Network, to SSRN. In it, I argue that much of the success of the Internet derives from its composite, federated structure. Yet in several ways, the Internet today is in danger of breaking up. The balkanization of the Net is a threat we should take seriously. Drawing on the scientific literature of network formation theory, I show how growing networks ...

Tech Policy event this Saturday at Wharton

The upcoming Presidential election will have a major impact on tech issues. I’m excited to be leading a discussion this Saturday on key topics in technology, media, and telecommunications with high-level policy advisors and supporters of the Obama campaign. If you’re in Philly, please join us. Tech Policy for the Next Administration Saturday, April 12th 5:00-6:30pm Room G65 Huntsman Hall 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Speakers: - Professor Kevin Werbach ...

Will technology solve network neutrality?

When I first read this post about Predictable Network Solutions on the excellent Telco 2.0 blog, I thought it was an April Fool’s Day hoax. Then I remembered that it’s a UK site, and some some Googling confirmed that it’s a real company. So my question is, will this technology — or something like it — eventually make network neutrality a non-issue? Or will it be the means for network ...