) [Area Director in Transport Area of IETF]
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Title of Presentation: Technology & Policy Decision: Counter Intuitive may be best.
The design of modern technology involves many decisions, both large
and small. Historically, some of the basic design and policy decisions that
led to the Internet we have today were, at best, counter intuitive. This
talk will examine some of these decisions, what the conventional wisdom
said, what the actual decision was, and why that turned out to be critical.
has been involved in the design, operation and use of data networks at Harvard University since the early days of the ARPANET. He was involved in the design of the Harvard High-Speed Data Network (HSDN), the Longwood Medical Area network (LMAnet) and NEARNet. He was founding chair of the technical committees of LMAnet, NEARNet and CoREN
Mr. Bradner is the codirector of the Transport Area in the IETF, is a member of the IESG, and until June 1999 was an elected trustee of the Internet Society where he still serves as the Vice President for Standards. He was also codirector of the IETF IP next generation effort and is coeditor of "IPng: Internet Protocol Next Generation" from Addison-Wesley and is member of the Wiley Network Council.
Mr. Bradner is a senior technical consultant at the Harvard Office of the Provost, where he provides technical advice and guidance on issues relating to the Harvard data networks and new technologies. He founded the Harvard Network Device Test Lab, is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, a weekly columnist for Network World, and does a bit of independent consulting on the side.