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The Internet intersects life at work, home, and vacation through our interaction with email, the World Wide Web, or Google. But beneath these layers is network architecture that defines how data transfers from one point to another and this has a direct impact on the innovation of new applications. On September 15, Associate Professor at Stanford Law School, Dr. Barbara van Schewick will discuss key lessons from her book Internet Architecture and Innovation. Using her expertise in economics, management science, engineering, networking and law, van Schewick shows how alternative network architectures can create very different economic environments for innovation. 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. This design, van Schewick demonstrates, fostered innovation in applications and allowed applications and services like e-mail, the World Wide Web, E-Bay, Google, Skype, Flickr, Blogger and Facebook to emerge. Changes to the open Internet, such as introducing prioritization into the network architecture, can have profound impacts; even, threaten the future of Internet innovation. http://www.newamerica.net/events/2010/the_internet_and_innovation
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