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The Technical and Political Evolution of the Internet: ECE Lecturer Series


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The evolution of the Internet has been an example of a complex and exciting interplay of technical advances and political actions. Prof. Farber, a long time player in both these activities, will explore this interplay as an indicator of the future directions in Internet development. He will explore the likely next major steps forward in technology and how it may dramatically change the structure of the Internet. He will explore how the current FCC hearings may impact this technical change. Finally he will explore what the impact will be on our culture and on the life of our children.
David Farber is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He retired in 2003 as the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he took a leave of absence to serve as chief technologist at the FCC in 2000. Farber graduated from Stevens and then worked at Bell Laboratories, where he helped design the first electronic switching system and co-designed the programming language SNOBOL. His early academic research work at the University of California at Irvine focused on creating the worlds first operational Distributed Computer System. He then helped conceive and organize CSNet, NSFNet and the NREN while on faculty at the University of Delaware. Prof. Farber is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE. He was named in the 1997 edition of the UPSIDE's Elite 100 as one of the visionaries of the field and in the 1999 Network World as one of the 25 most powerful people in networking. In 2002 he was named by Business Week as one of the top 25 leaders in E-Commerce.