This sounds important and worthwhile to me... Jonathan ----------------------------------------------------------------- Jonathan T. Alloy | Internet: [log in to unmask] 222 Westminster Hall | (secondary) [log in to unmask] Frostburg State University | Bitnet: [log in to unmask] Frostburg, MD 21532 | Phone: (301) 689-7705 **********begin forwarded message here From: MX%"[log in to unmask]" 24-FEB-1994 23:05:55.80 To: C2MXALL CC: Subj: Call for Papers & Information: Issues in the Development of Information Infrastructure (fwd) Return-Path: <[log in to unmask]> Received: from is.internic.net by fre.fsu.umd.edu (MX V3.3 VAX) with SMTP; Thu, 24 Feb 1994 23:04:42 EST Received: from localhost (server@localhost) by is.internic.net (8.6.4/8.6.4) id UAA19104; Thu, 24 Feb 1994 20:01:11 -0800 Date: Thu, 24 Feb 1994 20:01:11 -0800 Message-ID: <Pine.126.96.36.19902242133.R3206@plains> Errors-To: [log in to unmask] Reply-To: [log in to unmask] Originator: [log in to unmask] Sender: [log in to unmask] Precedence: bulk From: Gleason Sackman <[log in to unmask]> To: Multiple recipients of list <[log in to unmask]> Subject: Call for Papers & Information: Issues in the Development of Information Infrastructure (fwd) X-Listserver-Version: 6.0 -- UNIX ListServer by Anastasios Kotsikonas X-Comment: InterNIC Net Happenings Forwarded by Gleason Sackman - InterNIC net-happenings moderator ()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()()() ---------- Text of forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 23 Feb 1994 14:37:22 -0800 Sender: James Keller - Kennedy School of Government <[log in to unmask]> Subject: Call for Papers & Information: Issues in the Development of Information Infrastructure CALL FOR PAPERS AND INFORMATION "Issues in the Development of Information Infrastructure" The Science, Technology & Public Policy Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government in collaboration with Advanced Research Projects Agency Department of Energy National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Science Foundation National Telecommunications and Information Administration The complex, multidimensional nature of information infrastructure requires timely federal policies to advance the infrastructure, informed by expert insight and analysis from different disciplinary and institutional perspectives. This call for papers and information is designed to elicit information about work in progress and other information and insights that may be helpful to the development of federal policies under the National Information Infrastructure initiative. The study is divided into three areas: 1. The Role of the High Performance Computing and Communications program in the development of the National Information Infrastructure 2. Mediation of Internetworked Information 3. Public Internetworking and the National Information Infrastructure. Submissions are invited on each of these areas as described below. While technical reports relevant to these issues are welcome, the material selected for presentation and publication must speak to policy issues in terms familiar to the policy development community. We are especially interested in work that can be reported, critiqued, and published through this project, which will include a series of invitational meetings in Washington and Cambridge. Note that while there is no formal deadline for submissions, meetings to review submissions and plan workshops will begin in early 1994. Potential participants and other interested parties are urged to submit abstracts of ongoing work as soon as possible. Questions about the study should be directed to James Keller (below) or the Director of the Information Infrastructure Project, Brian Kahin ([log in to unmask]; 617-495-8903.) Please send submissions to: James Keller Coordinator, Information Infrastructure Project STPP/CSIA John F. Kennedy School of Government 79 John F. Kennedy St. Cambridge, MA 02138 617-496-4042; Fax: 617-495-5776 [log in to unmask] ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1. The Role of the High Performance Computing and Communications program in the development of the National Information Infrastructure -- the impact of federal investment in advanced networks on competition and private investment -- strategies for commercialization of government-initiated infrastructure technologies, resources, and services -- criteria and metrics for evaluating federal investments in information infrastructure Federal investments in infrastructural technologies, such as high-speed networks, often address both the underlying technologies and the distributed deployment of those technologies. This dual characteristic is seen in the structure of the NREN program; it is implicit in the implementation of the Technology Reinvestment Project; and it will be typical of projects funded under the new Information Infrastructure Technologies and Applications component of the HPCC program, such as digital libraries. Although it is usually contemplated that deployment infrastructure will become self-sustaining or commercial, there are high initial information and transaction costs to be overcome, as well as strong cascading and leveraging effects that can be realized in the short term. These factors argue for initial public investment, but continuing public investment may inhibit private investment and generate friction over program design and implementation. This study will evaluate the need for, and the results of, public investment, especially the impact on private investment and market development. It will consider means for coordinating and leveraging investments across sectors, including the appropriate use of incentives. The goal is to formulate principled strategies for initiating and transitioning high-end federal investments -- strategies that fit the special characteristics of information infrastructure technologies and services. 2. Mediation of Internetworked Information -- role of internetworks in the diffusion of technology -- policy implications of international connections -- management of intellectual property in the internetworked environment The growth of public internetworking has elicited widespread concern about security and protection of intellectual property. These concerns have inhibited commercial use of the Internet, especially the development of systems for navigating distributed high-value information. They jeopardize the development of systems for managing health care, and they raise anew questions about the flow of information across national borders. Networked extension services to support technology transfer and diffusion are an important component of the Administration's technology policy; however, workable controls may be necessary to maintain integrity of purpose and political support, demonstrate user demand and accountability, and enable self-sufficient operation. This activity will investigate the design of systems and policies for enabling, rationalizing, and constraining the movement of networked information in different contexts. It will of necessity monitor private sector developments, but it will focus on strategy and policy for federal agencies. It will also consider the federal interest in developing standards and inter-sector systems. 3. Public Internetworking and the National Information Infrastructure -- interconnection agreements and settlements -- economics of internetworking -- implications of interagency and NSFNET architecture -- service priorities, pricing models, and policy-based routing -- national and international coordination and management -- service levels and application of universal service principles While the government's contributions to internetworking for research and education have leveraged the growth of the Internet as a whole, interaction with private investment in unrestricted Internet services has raised difficult policy questions concerning both public-private sector interaction and competition among private service providers. The solutions embodied in the new architecture for interagency and NSFNET interconnection parallel current regulatory policies for the voice network on interconnection and collocation. The new architecture may well continue to catalyze and shape the public internetworking infrastructure; however, private sector activity is accelerating and many details of the new architecture remain to be worked out. This project will evaluate the market and policy dynamics of internetworking. It will assess how experience with the present Internet can inform the development of policies on competition and universal service in the integrated broadband environment. Conversely, it will consider how economic methods and analyses developed to inform regulation of the voice network can inform the design of federal investments and policies for public internetworking.