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- DescriptionToday -- following housing bubbles, bank collapses, and high unemployment -- the Internet remains the most reliable mechanism for fostering invation and creating new wealth. The Internet's remarkable growth has been fueled by invation. In this pathbreaking book, Barbara van Schewick argues that this explosion of invation is t 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 invation and threatening the Internet's ability to spur ecomic growth, to improve democratic discourse, and to provide a decentralized environment for social and cultural interaction in which anyone can participate. If 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.
- Author BiographyBarbara van Schewick is Associate Professor of Law 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.
- Author(s)Barbara van Schewick
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/09/2012
- SubjectComputing: Professional & Programming
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note29 figures
- Weight794 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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