CCTP-737-01 The Future of the Internet
Spring for 2017-2018
Nelson, M.
According to most estimates the Internet Revolution will be every bit as profound as the Industrial Revolution—and yet today it is less than ten percent complete. This seminar will examine the key technology choices, standards, business practices, and Internet policy decisions that will shape the next phase of the Internet.

How will the “Internet of Things” evolve? How will the Internet become a platform for computing (and not just communication)? Can the Internet be made more secure, reliable, and trusted? Today there are approximately one billions computers and cellphones attached to the Internet. What happens when 100 billlion or even a trillion devices can interact in some way with the Net? What happens when there is ubiquitous, broadband wireless Internet access? What will be the impact of the 3-D Internet and virtual worlds?

Issues to be explored include:
1) Authentication and identity management
2) Privacy-enhancing technologies (such as P3P)
3) Open Document Format
4) Digital Rights Management and IPR protection
5) Filtering technologies to block spam and pornography
6) Voice over IP (the convergence of the telephone network and the Internet)
7) Wireless Internet standards
8) Cloud computing, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Grid computing
9) Collaboration technologies (Instant messaging, virtual worlds)
10) IPv6 deployment
11) User-generated content and the Participatory Web

Students will select one or two topics to examine in detail and lead a discussion on those topics. A final paper on a particular technology or application will be required. This course will help students planning to work in research, in government, or in business—both in the IT industry and elsewhere.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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