Internet Architecture and Innovation

by Barbara Van Schewick

The MIT Press | June 18, 2010 | Hardcover

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Today--following housing bubbles, bank collapses, and high unemployment--the Internet remains the most reliable mechanism for fostering innovation and creating new wealth. The Internet''s remarkable growth has been fueled by innovation. In this pathbreaking book, Barbara van Schewick argues that this explosion of innovation is not an accident, but a consequence of the Internet''s architecture--a consequence of technical choices regarding the Internet''s inner structure that were made early in its history.

The Internet''s original architecture was based on four design principles: modularity, layering, and two versions of the celebrated but often misunderstood end-to-end arguments. But today, the Internet''s architecture is changing in ways that deviate from the Internet''s original design principles, removing the features that have fostered innovation and threatening the Internet''s ability to spur economic growth, to improve democratic discourse, and to provide a decentralized environment for social and cultural interaction in which anyone can participate. If no one intervenes, network providers'' interests will drive networks further away from the original design principles. If the Internet''s value for society is to be preserved, van Schewick argues, policymakers will have to intervene and protect the features that were at the core of the Internet''s success.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 592 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 in

Published: June 18, 2010

Publisher: The MIT Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0262013975

ISBN - 13: 9780262013970

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Internet Architecture and Innovation

by Barbara Van Schewick

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 592 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 in

Published: June 18, 2010

Publisher: The MIT Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0262013975

ISBN - 13: 9780262013970

About the Book

A detailed examination of how the underlying technical structure of the Internet affects the economic environment for innovation and the implications for public policy.

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Today--following housing bubbles, bank collapses, and high unemployment--the Internet remains the most reliable mechanism for fostering innovation and creating new wealth. The Internet''s remarkable growth has been fueled by innovation. In this pathbreaking book, Barbara van Schewick argues that this explosion of innovation is not an accident, but a consequence of the Internet''s architecture--a consequence of technical choices regarding the Internet''s inner structure that were made early in its history.

The Internet''s original architecture was based on four design principles: modularity, layering, and two versions of the celebrated but often misunderstood end-to-end arguments. But today, the Internet''s architecture is changing in ways that deviate from the Internet''s original design principles, removing the features that have fostered innovation and threatening the Internet''s ability to spur economic growth, to improve democratic discourse, and to provide a decentralized environment for social and cultural interaction in which anyone can participate. If no one intervenes, network providers'' interests will drive networks further away from the original design principles. If the Internet''s value for society is to be preserved, van Schewick argues, policymakers will have to intervene and protect the features that were at the core of the Internet''s success.

About the Author

Barbara van Schewick is Associate Professor of Law and Helen L. Crocker Faculty Schoar at Stanford Law School, Director of Stanford Law School''s Center for Internet and Society, and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering in Stanford University''s Department of Electrical Engineering.

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Today--following housing bubbles, bank collapses, and high unemployment--the Internet remains the most reliable mechanism for fostering innovation and creating new wealth. The Internet''s remarkable growth has been fueled by innovation. In this pathbreaking book, Barbara van Schewick argues that this explosion of innovation is not an accident, but a consequence of the Internet''s architecture--a consequence of technical choices regarding the Internet''s inner structure that were made early in its history. The Internet''s original architecture was based on four design principles: modularity, layering, and two versions of the celebrated but often misunderstood end-to-end arguments. But today, the Internet''s architecture is changing in ways that deviate from the Internet''s original design principles, removing the features that have fostered innovation and threatening the Internet''s ability to spur economic growth, to improve democratic discourse, and to provide a decentralized environment for social and cultural interaction in which anyone can participate. If no one intervenes, network providers'' interests will drive networks further away from the original design principles. If the Internet''s value for society is to be preserved, van Schewick argues, policymakers will have to intervene and protect the features that were at the core of the Internet''s success. "This isn''t a flash in the pan piece. This book will be an evergreen in a wide range of academic and policy context
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