About the lecture:
The issue of Network Neutrality has ignited considerable public debate in the recent past. While the term and much of the discussion originated in the legal community, Dr. Vishal Misra started looking at it from an engineering and networking perspective a few years ago. We employed the lens of cooperative game theory and careful modeling of the Internet including the topology, peering relationships, and protocols used on the Internet.
Dr. Vishal Misra’s primary conclusion is that Network Neutrality should be expressed in terms of how you treat competition, not in in terms of how you treat packets. He has proposed a definition of Network Neutrality which expresses the same.
In this lecture, Dr. Vishal Misra will present some of the results of his work, including:
- The prediction back in 2008 about the rise in paid peering (last year Netflix signed paid peering arrangements with all 4 of the top broadband providers in the US);
- Negative impact of differential pricing on competition;
- Inadequacies of the Network Neutrality regulation in the US;
- Recent regulations in India and Canada, which are consistent with Misra’s definition of Network Neutrality.
About the speaker:
Vishal Misra is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University, with a joint appointment in the Electrical Engineering Department and also a visiting scientist at Google. He is an ACM and IEEE Fellow and his research emphasis is on mathematical modeling of systems, bridging the gap between practice and analysis. He is also credited with inventing live-microblogging at CricInfo, a company he co-founded while a graduate student at UMass Amherst, predating Twitter by 10 years.
He also played an active part in the Net Neutrality regulation process in India, where his definition of Net Neutrality was both adopted both by the citizen’s movement as well is consistent with the regulations eventually passed. He has been awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Bombay (2019) and a Distinguished Young Alumnus Award by UMass Amherst College of Engineering (2014).
Date: 15 August, 2019
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM, followed by networking and light lunch
Venue: HasGeek house, #2699, 19th main, 5th cross, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore - 5600008
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