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End-to-End Arguments in the Internet: Principles, Practices, and Theory

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About the author:
After completing a vocational training as computer scientist at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and working in the IT industry for a bit, Matthias Bärwolff went on to obtain a business finance M.A. from Bournemouth University, UK. Back to Berlin he worked as a research and teaching assistant at Technische Universität Berlin where he taught and published on various subjects at the intersection between computer science and political economy. After a research visit to MIT in 2008/2009 he finished his PhD in late 2010.

End-to-End Arguments in the Internet: Principles, Practices, and Theory

Authored by Matthias Bärwolff
Cover design or artwork by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

The end-to-end arguments have been at the heart of an increasingly political debate about the proper place of communications functions in a physically and administratively distributed network such as the Internet. In particular, what is the right balance between application end points on the one hand, and network intermediaries on the other?

This thesis goes beyond the cursory arguments found in much of today's discussions on Internet governance and regulation. It unveils the historical background to the end-to-end principle and develops them with a rigour that has thus far been absent from the discourse on Internet design principles.

Our thorough and timely elaboration of one of the core technical principles that came to form today's Internet is relevant to most anyone with a stake in the future Internet evolution. If we are to maintain the goodness of the Internet, it is vital that we first understand its principles. Only then can we hope to arrive at useful policy implications.

Publication Date:
1456331353 / 9781456331351
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Computers / Networking / General

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