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Information technology 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, it will be argued that these assumptions are often incorrect, and that deployment based on good information technology research is often stymied by a combination of economic and legal issues that were not considered in the research.
Three case studies will be presented: Net Neutrality, Internet Interconnection, and Internet-of-Things. 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. Information technology researchers will be encouraged 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.
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 management and resource allocation, in both wired and wireless networks. His current research interests are Internet policy issues, including net neutrality, data caps, and device attachment. Scott received his Ph.D. 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. In 2014-2016, Scott served as the chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission, advising on technological issues across the Commission.