This page is a collection of papers I recommend to people. I haven't
thought of a good organization for them. See also my Group
Forming Networks Resources page.
Others' notes & papers
- John Jay Chapman, Commencement address
A personal credo of mine.
- F.H. Clauser, Conservatives - quoted in
Richard Rhodes' Visions
of Technology, about engineers' propensity to "flinch" and
"conjure up visions of a natural barrier" to progress where one
may not exist.
- A Digital Bit - a nice set of very short briefings put out by Jay Kingley of Diamond
Technology Partners on Digital Strategy. The January briefing
introduces my model of economic scaling laws for communities of value, calling it Reed's
Law (it's actually my 3rd Law). Other issues are: September, October, November (introduces
communities of value concept), December (creating value in communities online), January (why community
value creation becomes dominant).
- Paul Judge wrote Why
the Long Wait? in the September 2000 issue of Fast Company highlighting
my point that latency, not bandwidth, should be what users pay their ISPs
- Larry Lessig has written several articles recently linking policy issues
to the End-to-end argument (see below). The ones I've seen are all
online-accessible. They include End
Game in The New Republic, another called Innovation,
Regulation and the Internet in The American Prospect, another called Architecting
Innovation in The Industry Standard, and another in Time Magazine called
AOL own everything?'.
- Larry also recently held a very interesting conference called The
Policy Implications of End-to-End at Stanford Law School on 12/1/2000 A paper with that title is available as The Policy Implications of End-to-End.
- The End-to-end argument was part of an ex
parte brief by law professors Mark Lemley and Larry Lessig in the matter
of AT&T's acquisition of MediaOne, regarding cable open access.
Similarly, it was cited in Prof.
Lessig's expert report in the case brought by various record companies
My notes & papers
- Reed's Laws: Reed's 1st Law on long-term data storage, Reed's 2nd Law on communications. Reed's
3rd Law, a scaling law for group communications is in the works(see Context article
below). These laws are attempts to comment on how the information architecture of our
world interacts with the people who inhabit it
- Saltzer, Reed, Clark, End-to-End
Arguments in System Design. A fundamental principle that has guided the Internet.
- Saltzer, Reed, Clark, Source
Routing for Campus-wide Internet. A paper that argues the scalability of
source-routing for the Internet. Sadly, the idea persists only as a vestigial option in
today's IPv4; but the idea is central to the architecture of IPv6. Someday I'll scan in
the original protocol definition document for the protocol called DSP (Data Stream
Protocol) that has a number of the ideas I brought to the IP design process back in the
- Reed, Saltzer, Clark, Active Networking and End-to-End Arguments. An update on the thinking in
the end-to-end paper, specifically criticizing the "active networking" idea.
- Reed, Accounting
in the Age of Moore's Law. From Context Magazine Summer 1998. An article on why
depreciation matters, and why it is different, in the digital world..
- Reed, Weapon of Math Destruction. From Context Magazine Spring 1999 - Suggests
a new economic scaling laws for communities of value beyond Metcalfe's Law (value of a
network of peers grows as N squared) that . See also the longer analysis in That
- Reed, Going
Nowhere Fast. From Context Magazine Summer 1999 - a brief rant on why
bandwidth isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's the Latency, Stupid!
- David Weinberger (interviewing Reed), Why
group-forming matters. Appeared in 1/19/01 Journal
of the Hyperlinked Organization
- Reed, The
Law of the Pack. A short note on group-forming networks has been
appeared in the Feb. 2000
issue of Harvard Business Review.
- Reed, Bluetoothless.
From Context Magazine Summer 2001 - a brief explanation of how Bluetooth
missed its opportunity by ignoring the Internet and forming an unwieldy
- Reed, comments on dockets 07-52 and 08-7, opening statement at FCC en banc hearing at Harvard Law School, February 25, 2008.