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Analyzing the Internet as a Common Pool Resource: The Problem of Network Congestion

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dc.contributor.author Bernbom, Gerald en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:34:49Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:34:49Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1168
dc.description.abstract "The term 'Internet' is used broadly to describe a global collection of multiple, inter-related resource facilities, each of which may be analyzed as a common pool resource (CPR). The Internet is comprised of a physical network infrastructure (network commons), a vast and distributed collection of information resources (information commons) that are accessible using this infrastructure, and a global communications forum (social commons) that is created and supported by the Internet. "This paper focuses on the physical network infrastructure and ways in which this aspect of the Internet functions and is managed as a commons, with particular attention to the CPR problem of overuse and network congestion. The paper discusses the major variables that influence problems of Internet appropriation and provision: the physical world, including the design principles and technical facilities of the Internet; the individuals involved, specifically the actors and the roles they play in provisioning, appropriation, and use of network resources; and the rules in use that govern the operation of the Internet, with primary attention given to network protocols as universal, mutually agreed to mechanisms that govern (among other things) the appropriation and use of network resources. The paper discusses the CPR problem of network congestion, with particular attention given to the technical facilities used to measure network use and determine conditions of congestion, and presents various ways of responding to overuse and network congestion, in three broad categories: (i) increased provisioning, (ii) restricting access, and (iii) innovation, by changing the rules of appropriation." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources--technology en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.subject information technology en_US
dc.subject rules en_US
dc.subject collective choice en_US
dc.subject new commons en_US
dc.title Analyzing the Internet as a Common Pool Resource: The Problem of Network Congestion en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates May 31-June 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Bloomington, Indiana, USA en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US


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