The invention of the Internet has unleashed a torrent of information and creativity. Access to information, from both governments and large organizations all the way down to tiny start-up companies and grassroots activists, is now readily available to society at large. The original design of the Internet was “neutral”. All information passing through the network is treated equally. No priority is given to articles from the New York Times over the blog of a single citizen-activist. But recent proposals have suggested that some content should be given “priority handling”. Is this a welcome development, or will it destroy the very aspect of the Internet that led to its phenomenal success?
|Presenter:||Timothy P Mullins (Faculty)|
|Time:||1:15 pm (Session III)
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