Rough Consensus and Running Code: Integrating Engineering Principles into Internet Policy Debates

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Christopher S. Yoo

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg School for Communication; University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

On May 6–7, 2010, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition hosted the conference, “Rough Consensus and Running Code: Integrating Engineering Principles into the Internet Policy Debates.” This conference brought together members of the engineering community, regulators, legal academics, and industry participants in an attempt to provide policymakers with a better understanding of the Internet’s technical aspects and how they influence emerging issues of broadband policy. The principal components included a tutorial introducing key engineering concepts underlying the Internet and to provide a flavor of the tradeoffs underlying the architectural choices; a keynote address by Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the domain name system (DNS); and five panels.

The topic of the first panel was “The Continuing Debate over Network Management and Quality of Service” and featured David Clark (MIT), Deke Kassabian (Penn), Paul Dauby (Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative), and Paul Misener (Amazon). The second panel addressed “Changing Technology and the Limits of the Layered and End-to-End Models,” was chaired by W. David Sincoskie (University of Delaware), and hosted Matt Mathis (Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center), Jason Livingood (Comcast), Kevin Werbach (Wharton), and Christopher Yoo(Penn). The third panel focused on “Architecture and Network Security,” was chaired by Matthew Blaze (Penn), and included Andrea Matwyshyn (Wharton), Edward Felten (Princeton), and Jonathan Smith (Penn). The fourth panel considered “New Applications, New Challenges,” was moderated by Saswati Sarkar (Penn), and featured Paul Mitchell (Microsoft), Joe Weinman (AT&T), Marjory Blumenthal (Georgetown), and Christopher Yoo (Penn). The topic of the fifth and final panel was “The Future Is Wireless,” was moderated by David Farber (Carnegie Mellon and Penn emeritus), and included Dirk Grunwald (University of Colorado), Charles Jackson (Jackson Telecom Consulting), Robert Khedouri (MusicGremlin), and Christian Sandvig (University of Illinois).

Keywords: Law & technology, network engineering, internet architecture, broadband, telecommunications policy, wireless networking, openness, security, traffic management

JEL Classification: K23, K24, L50, L96, L98, O38

Suggested Citation

Yoo, Christopher S., Rough Consensus and Running Code: Integrating Engineering Principles into Internet Policy Debates (2011). Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 63, p. 341, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3586952

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