Presented to the American Bar Association Committee 355, February 22, 2012 (Washington, DC) Is it piracy or old business models, billions of dollars lost or billions of dollars earned, or Hollywood or Silicon Valley? Understanding how the Internet and Domain Name System (DNS) works and various proposals to enhance intellectual property protection is important, no… Continue reading Internet 202: Why All The Fuss About Hacking the DNS?
In IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer, February 9, 2012 There has been a lot of action, articles and discussion recently about legislation that proponents at one extreme offered would save hundreds of thousands of jobs and add between $50B and $250B to the U.S. economy per year, and detractors at the other extreme argued would turn the… Continue reading SOPA/PIPA Defeated… For Now
IIT RTC Conference, October 6, 2011 (Chicago) I participated on a panel discussion on the Universal Service Fund and Inter-Carrier Compensation reform underway at the FCC. Bill Myers of Communications Daily moderated the panel. Glenn Richards of the VON Coalition and Pillsbury Law joined me. While Glenn and I agree on most things, I still… Continue reading USF/ICC Reform
Presented at the 7th Annual Real-Time Communications Conference and Expo 2011 at Illinois Institute of Technology, October 5, 2011 In DC, and throughout the nation, there are silos of secure communications. For example, it has been a value proposition for vendors of secure communications devices and software that those endpoints could only communicate with endpoints… Continue reading Secure Communications: Creating an Internet Out of Secure Islands
Even VoIP users are played a dial tone file. As over the top voice services become more common and embedded in other aspects of the communications experience, like gaming and social networking, end users will have to understand the transition. Where is the opportunity to highlight these changes and what is the impact on traditional… Continue reading POTS in Transition: What is Voice Service?
Invited talk to the American Bar Association Special Committee on Copyrights and New Technology, February 7, 2011 (Washington, DC) This presentation is targeted for lawyers with some experience with Internet technology. It focuses on how the Domain Name System works, both technically and administratively; just what an Internet application is; how current methods and proposals… Continue reading Internet 201: The DNS and IPR
Invited talk, Internet Society’s Internet ON event, December 8, 2010 (San Francisco, CA) This presentation looks at peer-to-peer work in the IETF, with a focus on ALTO, the application level transport optimization protocol. ALTO represents the embodiment of what can happen when different communities work together towards a common goal. In the case of ALTO,… Continue reading Peer-to-Peer Work in the IETF: ALTO
Invited talk, Washington Area CTO Roundtable, November 4, 2010 (Washington, DC) Network neutrality is in the news. However, there is no consensus on what it is, why it is important, or if it even matters. It is wrapped in emotional terms, like freedom of speech, innovation, and abuse of market power. Whatever one may think… Continue reading 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,… Continue reading Public Policy – What it Means to the Technologist: Network Traffic Management
Colloquia at City University Hong Kong, November 16, 2009 The Internet has grown from a medium for researching networking protocols, through an academic publication network, to an ecommerce platform, to becoming today’s key medium for people to communicate. As the uses of the Internet have evolved, the requirements for availability have dramatically changed. At the… Continue reading The Future of the Internet and Open Research Questions