Reports from O'Reilly's P2P & Web Services Conference
O'Reilly's second conference on peer-to-peer and web service technologies was held Nov. 5-8, 2001, in Washington, D.C. As with the first conference in February 2001, the show brought together the innovators and leaders from all sides, from Freenet hackers to the RIAA's Hilary Rosen, from military strategists to venture capitalists. Read weblogs from the show floor and see Derrick Story's photo reports.
Open Source Alive and Well at O'Reilly P2P Conference
The Register reports that, "Those who have attended many conferences over the years are well aware keynote speeches can often be some of the worst talks of a conference, but this was not the case at O'Reilly P2P."
Post-P2P Conference Comments from HailStorm Architect Mark Lucovsky
In a weblog by Tim O'Reilly, he writes, "I got to have dinner with Mark Lucovsky after his keynote, and found him honest, thoughtful, and engaging -- not to mention someone with a deep UNIX background. His followup email shows those same characteristics -- not at all the picture of Microsoft employees that many open source developers carry around."
O'Reilly Show Works
"For a lot of folks, it something of a test for the P2P market -- would O'Reilly's Peer To Peer conference draw a critical mass of attendees despite the gloom hanging over the air travel business and recessionary economy? Well, it did. Despite the twin demons of terrorism and financial stress, the conference held its own, drawing more or less all of the top names in the P2P business."
Uncle Sam Wants Napster
The Washington Post reports that the Pentagon is taking a friendlier view of P2P than are America's big entertainment companies and that the military wants to enlist P2P developers in the war against terrorism.
Fans Predict Rebound
Wired reports that the P2P industry's trend is moving away from mere file swapping and toward greater commercialization and distributed computing--especially in biological and life sciences where data sharing can be collaborative.
Lessig: "Do Something"
At the end of his keynote address to the O'Reilly P2P audience in Washington DC, Lawrence Lessing said, "So I've flung myself across the continent to tell you this one thing ... please do something."
Boucher Makes Appeal to P2P Advocates
IDG.net reports that Congressman Rick Boucher faced a receptive audience when he asked P2P conference attendees for their support in his legislative efforts to make authorized distribution of music over the Internet a reality.
Rosen Offers an Olive Branch
Newsbytes reports that RIAA president Hilary Rosen, in her speech at the O'Reilly P2P and Web Services Conference, said it's time for the recording industry and P2P developers to work together.
RIAA President Hilary Rosen Speaks to P2P Community
Hilary Rosen delivered an enlightening talk at the O'Reilly Peer-to-peer and Web Services Conference about the evolution of the relationship between the recording industry and Peer-to-peer technologies.
Microsoft's Huitema Fights the Good Fight
Christian Huitema was thinking about the future of the Internet long before he joined Microsoft, and his knowledge has helped him become one of the most interesting participants at O'Reilly's P2P conference.
Rep. Boucher "Gets It"
Congressman Rick Boucher serves Virginia's Ninth Congressional District, but Tuesday morning at O'Reilly's P2P conference, he demonstrated that he can be a friend to emerging technology too.
An View of Military Technology from the Inside
Embracing new technologies such as P2P may mean more than survival in the marketplace; it may be necessary on the battlefield as well.
EFF defends Music City
O'Reilly P2P and Web Services Conference: Fred von Lohmann, EFF Senior IP Attorney, announces that the EFF has joined in the defense of Music City.
Articles by Conference Speakers
P2P Goes To War
For several decades, the military has been using large-scale client-server systems to build networked environments where soldiers can train in simulated battle conditions. Now the military is looking at peer-to-peer technology as a way to buld these simulations without a vulnerable central server.
Web Services: It's So Crazy, It Just Might Not Work
The web services hype machine promises us a "revolution" bringing another "paradigm-shift." Clay Shirky explores if, despite the overselling, there may just be something there -- or maybe not.
The Great Rewiring
In this interview, Clay Shirky describes the "great rewiring," where PCs are directly connected to the Net, and P2P and Web services are fraternal twins
The End of Innovation?
The idea of the Internet is that innovation happens at the end points, an idea seen most clearly in P2P. It's an idea that is quickly being eroded by technology, the DMCA, and recent court decisions, says Lawrence Lessig.