A recent implication of Moore’s Law is the feasibility and increasing use of network-layer traffic discrimination and censorship by both ISPs and governments.  In this talk, we ask: is it even possible to design a network that is neutral by construction?  Can such a network also be efficient and robust enough to be practical?   We start by considering a simpler problem, that of Internet denial-of-service: can we efficiently prevent end users from being able to censor other users?    We then show how to extend our denial-of-service work to limit ISPs from discriminating against the content carried over their networks.



Tom Anderson is the Robert E. Dinning Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests span all aspects of building practical, robust, and efficient computer systems, including distributed systems, operating systems, computer networks, multiprocessors, and security. He is an ACM Fellow, winner of the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award, winner of the IEEE Bennett Prize, past program chair of SIGCOMM and SOSP, and he has co-authored seventeen award papers. http://www.cs.uw.edu/homes/tom


Faculty Host: Ken Birman


B17 Upson Hall

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Refreshments at 3:45pm in the Upson 4th Floor Atrium


Computer Science



Network Neutrality by Construction

Tom Anderson

University of Washington