Congestion on the Last Mile

It has long been recognized that networked services contain weak-link vulnerabilities. That is, the performance of any frontier device depends on the performance of every contributing component and service. This column focuses on one such phenomenon, which goes by the label “congestion.” No, this is not a new type of allergy, but, as with a …

A Toast to Eli

Delivered on Nov. 12, on the occasion of Eli's Bar-Mitzvah. My dear son, awesome Eli. This may be the last time in the next few years I can get your attention for an uninterrupted five minutes. Sorry to do this in public. Try to smile. A Bar-Mitzvah traditionally marks the time for passing into adulthood. …

Wikipedia and Political Discourse: The New Hope?

Rob Gebelhoff of the Washington Post wrote an awesome piece about the latest Wikipedia research to come from Feng Zhu, Yuan (Grace) Gu, and yours truly. The piece by Gebelhoff is called "Science Shows Wikipedia is the Best Part of the Internet." It refers to our research, Ideological Segregation Among Online Collaborators: Evidence from Wikipedia. A …

Teaching about data carrier economics? A few cases to help.

Do you teach Internet economics? Do you teach Internet strategy to business students? Looking for cases to expose students to the latest issues in data markets? This post include some quick (and shameless) publicity for a few cases you might find useful. One is about the fight between Netflix and broadband ISPs. Another is about …

What does a Skunk Works do?

When an established firm aspires to experiment in a radical direction, management gurus recommend opening a skunk works—an organizational home for high-priority original thinking and projects. It is housed away from the organization’s main operations, sometimes in secret or with organizational barriers. Typically the projects involve something of value to the future but are not …