Internet Architecture and Innovation

On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, Barbara van Schewick talked about her recently released and widely praised book, Internet Architecture and Innovation, at Stanford Law School.

Professor Marvin Ammori has described the book as "essential reading for anyone interested in Internet policy-and probably for anyone interested in the law, economics, technology, or start-ups." The book analyzes how the Internet's internal structure, or architecture, has fostered innovation in the past; why this engine of innovation is under threat; why the "market" alone won't protect Internet innovation; and which features of the Internet's architecture we need to preserve so that the Internet continues to serve as an engine of innovation in the future. Whether you are tired of or confused by the network neutrality debate, or simply wondering what is at stake, van Schewick's talk will be refreshing and illuminating. More information on the book, including an overview and excerpts, is available at

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