Intersections between Networking Research and Public Policy

October 20th, 2015
Davis Auditorium, CEPSR
Speaker: Professor Scott Jordan, Chief Technologist, FCC


Networking researchers often assume that good research will lead to deployment in the Internet of new systems based on that research. Universities often assume that the principal barrier to deployment is the transition from research idea to prototype. In this talk, I will argue that these assumptions are often incorrect, and that deployment based on good networking research is often stymied by a combination of economic and legal issues that were not considered in the research. I will present three case studies: quality-of-service, IP interconnection, and device attachment. We will discuss whether the manner in which each was deployed coincides with the original research vision; what factors may have resulted in perturbations from the original vision; and whether these perturbations are in the public interest. I will en- courage networking researchers to pay attention to what is in the public interest, to the interests of the parties that may implement the idea, and to whether these interests coincide.

Speaker Bio

Scott Jordan is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research has focused on Internet quality of service issues, including traffic manage- ment and resource allocation, in both wired and wireless networks. His current research interests are Internet policy issues, including net neutrality, data caps, and device attach- ment. Scott is currently serving as the Chief Technologist at the Federal Communications Com- mission. He advises on technological issues across the Commission. Scott received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, he served as an IEEE Congressional Fellow, working in the United States Senate on communications policy issues.


Hosted by Professor Debasis Mitra.

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