Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO
Who Is Behind The Internet?
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Internet in modern life. Given its central role in global communications and commerce, it is natural to wonder: who is responsible for the Internet? Who keeps it operating, fixes it when it breaks, arbitrates disputes, enforces laws, and funds its growth? To explore these questions, we will discuss the uniquely collaborative and distributed nature of the Internet, along with some of the aspects of its history and operation that help explain why timely issues such as network neutrality manage to be both highly contentious and commonly misunderstood.
Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. No reservations accepted.
Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
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