Public Policy – What it Means to the Technologist: Network Traffic Management

Invited talk, IIT VoIP, October 13, 2010 (Chicago)

There seems to be a chasm between the policy makers, such as administration personnel, lobbyists, and lawyers and the engineers that create the technologies that have policy imposed upon them. Quite often, the policy people have a limited understanding of the impact of their proposed policies. Likewise, the engineers have a limited understanding of the drivers that encourage policy makers to destinations that are less than ideal. In this session, we will look at how policy is formed, possible future Internet scenarios developed by ISOC and IGF-USA and how they would impact VoIP, and why and how engineers can get involved with policy development.