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Staff Profile - Tom Vest
During 2006, Tom Vest was a Visiting Scholar of Economics and Policy at CAIDA, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis at the University of California's San Diego Supercomputer Center. He continues to advise CAIDA on Internet economics and policy issues. Tom's research interests include the determinants of Internet growth, the impact of varying institutional and regulatory environments on Internet development, and the evolutionary economics of Internet service provision. Tom is an ABD doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, where he focused on international trade and monetary relations and international telecommunications policy.

Curriculum Vitae

Tom Vest
Richmond, Virginia 23238

Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
La Jolla, CA 92093


  • Ph.D. pending (ABD). International Relations, University of Southern California (Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Aronson)
  • M.A. 1997. International Political Economy, University of Southern California
  • B.S. 1990. East Asian Studies, University of Virginia
    • Dissertation topic: The Wealth of Networks: Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Global Internet Development

Professional Positions

  • Senior Economic and Policy Analyst, CAIDA, UCSD/SDSC (2006-present)
    • Responsible for developing models, data, research agenda, and other resources to help integrate important institutional and economic factors into the scientific study of Internet traffic, topology, and evolution.
  • Research Program Manager, Packet Clearing House (2004-present)
    • Designed, coordinated, and conducted various research projects related to Internet prootocols, operations, and infrastructure. Co-Principal Investigator of HSARPA funded effort to support network operations-relavant security capacity-building research.
  • Senior Network Operations Manager, Asia Pacific, America Online Inc. (2000-2003)
    • Tokyo-based lead for AOL's network design, deployment, and interconnection efforts in China, Japan, and Australia.
  • Special Project Developer, Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment and Technology (1998-2000)
    • Developed curriculum and training materials for a proposed concentration in international media production and distribution.
  • Project Specialist, USC Center for International Studies (1996-1998)
    • Assisted with development of a Carnegie Corporation-funded international relations events data mining and analysis project.
  • Program Assistant, Pacific Council on International Policy (1995-1997)
    • Wrote/edited reports on all membership events and selected external events for the first regional affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations of New York, from pre-incorporation through the first two years of operation, reporting directly to the founding President
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Recent Presentations

Market Structure and Internet Development: New Zealand, Australia, and the OECDNZNOG 2006
Communicating the Internet Message: The ISOC-AU Forum (Panel Chair)2006 APIA-ISOC-AU Forum
Measuring the Wealth of Networks: Understanding the OECD's New Internet Production MetricsUS Federal Communications Commission International Bureau
Protocols for Policymakers (PfP-1): The Clash of Administrations (Program Chair)ARIN XVI
Out-of-Band Demand Drivers for In-Band Resources: Telecom Policies and Autonomous System NumbersARIN XVI
Internet Production: A Natural Language Interpretation of the BGP Routing TableTPRC 32
Infrastructure, Innovation, and the Digital Divide: Lessons from Internet History (Plenary Speaker)APNIC 20
NAFTA Networking: Peering and Interconnection in Canada, Mexico, and the United States (Panel Chair)ISPCon Spring 2005
An Empirical Foundation for Normative Internet PolicyOxford Internet Institute Internet Governance Forum
The Wealth of Networks: An Old Formula for Understanding the New Dynamics of the Global Information EconomyUC Berkeley SIMS Distinguished Lecture Series
Internet Exchange Points and Internet Public InterestsUS National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The Wealth of NetworksTPRC 31
Network Toubleshooting Workshop (Panelist)SIGCOMM 2004
Predicting Public Internet Growth Using Classical Economic Theory, or the Wealth of NetworksNANOG 31
Costs and Benefits of Running a National Autonomous Routing DomainUC Berkeley China's Digital Future Conference
Network EcologiesIEEE / HCTA Annual PTC Forum
Transpacific Bandwidth Update (Plenary Speaker)APNIC 10
International Peering and InterconnectionUSTTI Internet Workshop

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