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Application-Centered Internet Analysis

Tim Wu

Columbia University - Law School

March 15, 1999

Virginia Law Review, Vol. 85, No. 6, pp. 1163-1204, 1999

Much Internet scholarship tends to analyze the Internet at an inappropriate level of abstraction; focusing on the Internet as one "medium," when -- by design -- nearly all of the significant facts for certain questions are to be found at the level of the application and its associated protocols. The article suggests that application-centered thinking makes a better tool for the hard Internet questions, such as First Amendment questions (such as filtering) and questions of private ordering.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: application-centered design, Internet filtering, First Amendment

JEL Classification: K3

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Date posted: April 9, 1999 ; Last revised: May 18, 2014

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Wu, Tim, Application-Centered Internet Analysis (March 15, 1999). Virginia Law Review, Vol. 85, No. 6, pp. 1163-1204, 1999. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=157928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.157928

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