The Internet, the Web, and Algorithms

Invited Talk
  • Christos H. Papadimitriou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2286)

Abstract

The Internet and the worldwide web, unlike all other computational artifacts, were not deliberately designed by a single entity, but emerged from the complex interactions of many. As a result, they must be approached very much the same way that cells, galaxies or markets are studied in other sciences: By speculative (and falsifiable) theories trying to explain how selfish algorithmic actions could have led to what we observe. I present several instances of recent work on this theme, with several collaborators.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christos H. Papadimitriou
    • 1
  1. 1.EECSUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeley

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