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ITIF Event: Designed for Change: End-to-End Arguments, Internet Innovation, and the Net Neutrality Debate

Many advocates of strict net neutrality regulation argue that the Internet has always been a “dumb pipe” and that Congress should require that it remains so. A new report by ITIF Research Fellow Richard Bennett reviews the historical development of the Internet architecture and finds that contrary to such claims, an extraordinarily high degree of intelligence is embedded in the network core. Indeed, the fact that the Internet was originally built to serve the needs of the network research community but has grown into a global platform of commerce and communications was only made possible by continuous and innovative Internet engineering. In the new ITIF report Designed for Change: End-to-End Arguments, Internet Innovation, and the Net Neutrality Debate, Bennett traces the development of the Internet architecture from the CYCLADES network in France to the present, highlighting developments that have implications for Internet policy. This review will help both engineers and policy makers separate the essentials from the incidentals, identify challenges to continued evolution, and develop appropriate policy frameworks.

Date: September 25, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: ITIF, 1101 K Street, Washington, DC 20005, suite 610 (map)

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Richard Bennett (bio)
Research Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
View Richard’s presenation


John Day (bio)
Professor of Computer Science, Boston University Metropolitan College

Christopher Yoo (bio)
Professor of Law and Communication; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
View Professor Yoo’s presentation

Dr. William Lehr (bio)
Research Associate in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT

Dr. David Farber (bio)
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the School of Computer Science, Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University

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