by Kevin Werbach — published in 2012

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University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School - Legal Studies Department

Two forces are in tension as the Internet evolves. One pushes toward interconnected common platforms; the other pulls toward fragmentation and proprietary alternatives. Their interplay drives many of the contentious issues in cyberlaw, intellectual property, and telecommunications policy, including the fight over network neutrality for broadband providers, debates over global Internet governance, and battles over copyright online. These are more than just conflicts between incumbents and innovators, or between openness and deregulation. Their roots lie in the fundamental dynamics of interconnected networks.

Academic sector, Political/Regulatory/Legal, Social, Economic, Technological, interoperability, broadband, internet governance, telecommunications, balkanisation