Systems and Networks

Systems and Networks

Monday: the Internet, network design, distributed systems, network neutrality.
Wednesday: networking and society, networking everyone, mobile networks, sensor networks, privacy.

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the four central tenants of for the early design of the Internet that enabled its success?
  • On the issue of net neutrality, what points do Barbara van Schewick and David Farber agree on? Disagree on? What is your position?
  • What are some major differences between networks in developing regions and the Internet?
  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of using balloons to deploy networks?
  • What do you think are some of the real world challenges in deploying and using a CSR?
  • What is participatory sensing? What are some potential privacy concerns?

Readings and Media:


The Past and Future History of the Internet, Leiner et al., CACM, February 1997.
[skim] Point/counterpoint: network neutrality nuances, van Schewick and Farber, CACM, Feb 2009.


XKCD: The Cloud