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The 7th Workshop on Internet Economics (WIE 2016)

On December 8-9, 2016, CAIDA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will host the (invitation-only) 7th interdisciplinary Workshop on Internet Economics (WIE) at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, CA.

The goal of this workshop series is to provide a forum for researchers, commercial Internet facilities and service providers, technologists, economists, theorists, policy makers, and other stakeholders to empirically inform emerging Internet regulatory and policy debates.

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Date: Dec 8 (Thu) - 9 (Fri), 2016
Place: Auditorium B210E/B211E Meeting Room,
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego Campus, La Jolla, CA

Topics of Interest

  1. What data is needed in order to understand the state of the Internet and its future trajectory?
    1. What should a privacy legislation research exemption encompass, and why? What policy-relevant questions require private data?
    2. What are the lessons from the data the FCC is gathering (but not yet releasing) on performance?
    3. What is the role of operator and third-party measurement efforts? (see e.g., LKB-TPRC15)
    4. Do we need an integrated platform capable of crowd-sourcing wired and wireless measurement?
    5. How will the IoT space change attitudes toward measurement and transparency of device behavior?
    6. Pick an aspiration for the Internet's future and discuss how progress could be measured.
  2. What do we know about the economics of the ecosystem?
    1. Interconnection, access, cloud, content
    2. Reallocation of revenues along the value network
    3. Limits to advertising-funded growth
    4. Implications of saturation of U.S. wireline broadband market, and possible new models for higher-level services
    5. Policy issues in the sharing economy: airbnb, ride-sharing
  3. Architectural issues (anchored in current policy issues)
    1. How to tell whether something is BIAS vs Title VI? e.g., cable bundles
    2. What sorts of throttling fit into reasonable mobile network managment e.g., rate-limited video, audio?
    3. If ISPs offer cloud (not ``telecommunications'') services, do they need to offer them on a non-discriminatory basis?
    4. What is the ISP of the future? (Wired and wireless) Is there a fork in the road: lean infrastructure vs. new (specialized?) services?
  4. Framing discourse around policy issues: is new language needed?
    1. Political economy of IoT and 5G in 5 years?
    2. Security, reliability/resilience? Redundancy/multi-homing?
    3. Economics and pricing of access to of microcells?
  5. Thought experiment: What would a new telecommunications act look like?
    1. What sections does it need?
    2. What range of services might reasonably be the target of regulatory attention? Why?
    3. Protecting competition, third-party complementors
    4. How to pursue/track/prioritize aspirations for the future of the Internet
    5. Comparison of US and foreign approaches. Goals and methods.


As in previous years, the format of this meeting is a series of focused sessions around specific, pre-selected topics. Presenters will prepare short talks (10 minutes) on issues related to the topics.

Not everyone will give a prepared talk, but we expect everyone to participate in the discussions, as well as provide input, writing, and/or feedback on the report we'll publish within shortly after the workshop. Our goal is to produce a public workshop report, but the discussions themselves (and the identity of specific speakers) will be specifically off the record.

Organizing committee

  • kc claffy (CAIDA/UC San Diego)
  • David Clark (MIT)

Workshop Agenda

December 8 (Thursday)

December 9 (Friday)

Local Arrangements / Getting to UC San Diego

For this workshop, attendees are expected to make their own hotel reservations and transportation arrangements from their hotels to the workshop. For CAIDA's list of local hotels including shuttle availability, see the Local Hotels list (PDF).

This workshop is being held in the SDSC East Auditorium (Room B210E/B211E) that faces Hopkins Drive.
(For those GPS-enabled attendees, the GPS coordinates near the SDSC Auditorium is WGS84: 32°53'03.77"N, 117°14'20.31"W)

General driving directions to SDSC are located on the CAIDA Contact and Visitor Info page.

  • Shuttle to Hotels: SuperShuttle can be arranged to shuttle to UC San Diego campus or your hotel.
  • Taxis: San Diego Taxi Information maintains a list of taxis with rates and additional information. Uber is also well established in San Diego and now has access to service San Diego's airport. GPSes will need to go to the intersection of Hopkins Drive and Voigt Lane. The nearest street address is 10100 Hopkins Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093.
  • Car: Rental available at the airport near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2. To park on campus, see Parking on Campus section, below.
  • Parking on campus
    The most convenient parking is in the Hopkins parking structure at Hopkins Dr and Voigt Dr, just south of SDSC.

    Parking Permits: Parking permits are required to park on UC San Diego Campus. On arrival to campus on the morning of Day 1 from 8am-9am, check in with a CAIDA staff member at the driveway loop in front of the SDSC building on Hopkins Drive. Tell them that you are here for WIE, and we will give you a parking permit for the day, and then point you to the Hopkins Parking Structure for parking. If no one is there, park in the 5 minute zone, head into the Auditorium to get a permit first. Otherwise, parking permits are sold at the kiosks in the structure for $16/day.

    Parking permits for subsequent days will be provided at the end of Day 1, just prior to the Reception.

    After picking up your parking permit, it is recommended you go to the Hopkins Parking Structure next to SDSC and park on the lower levels. Walk back to the street-side of the parking garage (level 2), and along the street to the SDSC East building. The auditorium is on the left just before the stairs, labeled Auditorium or B210E/B211E Meeting Room.

For transportation concerns, general questions and help before the workshop, contact CAIDA at <admin-staff at> or (858) 534-5109.

General UC San Diego Maps and general UC San Diego Visitor Parking information are useful resources for navigating on campus.

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