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The Internet Possessed: The Programs Optimizing Our Communication from the ARPANET to the Internet

February 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us on February 27th for a talk by visiting speaker Fenwick McKelvey, Concordia University.

At the end of 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission passed its repeal order, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” ending a brief period of Network Neutrality. The order opened a pandora’s box by allowing Internet Service Providers to install new programs—or what I call daemons—to manage their customers’ communication. Drawing on my forthcoming book, my presentation critically analyzes the evolution of these Internet daemons to optimize packet-switched communications and questions their potential uses in a post Network Neutrality Internet. I conclude by drawing a connection between the work of daemons and the broader phenomenon of optimization. Daemons are one example of a much longer history in optimization and social engineering that requires greater political and regulatory scrutiny.

This event is free and open to the public, but if you are not a member of the Northeastern community, please email Sarah Connell (sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu) to RSVP.

Co-sponsored by Microsoft Research New England.


February 27, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


NULab: for Texts, Maps, and Networks


346 Curry Student Center
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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